But what about everyone else? What aboutf o r eig n - b o r n children of U.S.-citizen parents? And what about U.S.-born children ofn o n - cit iz e n parents? They might be U.S.cit iz e n s by law, but are they natural born citizens? So far, Federal law, the Constitution and the courts have not answered these questions.
The definition of this term ["natural born citizen"] is an issue that has been debated in legal circles for years and has never been ruled on by the courts. Clarification is needed before this becomes a real issue. (Nickles
Senator Nickles' prediction has come true. Today, an increasing number of Americans are
concerned that Barack Obama, whose father was not a U.S. citizen, might not be a "natural
born citizen" and therefore might not be eligible, under the Constitution, to serve as president
Members of the mainstream news media generally believe that all persons born in the United
States are "natural born citizens", regardless of their parents' citizenship. But this belief,
though widely held, is not consistent with what the Supreme Court has said regarding natural
Arthur and Barack Obama. When Chester Arthur ran for office in 1880, he lied to newspaper reporters about his family history and burned most of his family records, to conceal the fact that, when he was born, his father was not a U.S. citizen (Historical Breakthrough - Chester Arthur -h t t p : / / www.r o n p a u lwa r r o o m .co m / ? p = 18 8 3 1
President Obama publicly admits that his father was a Kenyan native who never became a
U.S. citizen. At birth, President Obama acquired British/ Kenyan nationality by descent from
his father. Thus, the 2008 election was the first time in history that the United States
unresolved doubt as to whether such children are Constitutional natural born citizens. This
doubt is not based on the imaginings of tin-foil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists on the
lunatic fringe of society. This doubt comes from what the Supreme Court has actually said, as
well as a variety of other historical and legal sources which are presented and discussed here.
This Primer introduces the Obama Eligibility Controversy, in question-and-answer format,
for a non-technical general audience. We've double-checked the facts presented here, cited
their sources, and believe them to be correct. Please contact us if you find any material in this
Primer that you believe to be inaccurate. (http:/ / people.mags.net/ tonchen/ sendmail.htm )
2. What are the eligibility requirements for president?
3. Why do Birthers think Barack Obama might not be eligible to serve as president?
4. Where should we begin looking for the original Constitutional meaning of "natural born
4.8 U.S. Supreme Court
5. In a nutshell, what is the Obama eligibility controversy?
6. Does the Birthers' viewpoint have any historical or legal merit?
8. What is the difference between a "Constitutional" and a "statutory" natural born citizen? 9. Wouldn't the most recent modern-day statutory meaning of "natural born citizen" take precedence over the original Constitutional meaning?
14. Doesn't the Wong Kim Ark decision make Obama a "natural born citizen"? 15. Doesn't the J ulia Lynch case show that Obama is a "natural born citizen"? 16. What was "Calvin's Case"?
19. Why is there disagreement over the meaning of "natural born citizen"?
20. When we put the pieces together, what do we get?
21. What's the "beef" with President Obama's birth certificate?
22. Didn't the State of Hawaii recently verify that President Obama was born in Hawaii?
23. Doesn't the mere existence of Barack Obama's original Hawaiian birth certificate prove
that he was born in Hawaii?
24. Do Birthers actually believe that President Obama was born in a foreign country?
25. If President Obama's birth certificate shows conclusively that he was born in Hawaii,
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