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The Conclusive Definition Of "Natural-Born Citizen"

Natural-born citizens of the United States are those who are citizens of the
United States from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or
perfect their American citizenship. These are those whose parents are citizens
of the United States at the time of their birth.

Natural-born American citizens are those born of American citizen parents,


within or without the American Republic, provided in the latter case that one of
the parents had resided in the United States prior to the birth of the child.

Their American citizenship is natural, the result of parentage, and not artificial
or acquired by compliance with legislative provisions.

A natural-born citizen is one not made by law or otherwise, but born. And this
class is the large majority, in fact, the mass of our citizens; all others are
exceptions specially provided for by law.

A natural-born citizen is defined as one whose citizenship is established by the


jurisdiction which the United States already has over the parents of the child,
not what is thereafter acquired by choice of residence in this country.

It is not necessary that a man should be born in this country, to be "a natural
born citizen." It is only requisite he should be a citizen by birth, and that is the
case with all the children of citizens who have ever resided in this country,
though born in a foreign country.

Natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens and naturalized citizens, are


those born in the United States of parents who are citizens.

Natural-born citizens are also those born outside the United States and its
outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States
and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its
outlying possessions prior to the birth of the child.

Hence, a child born abroad to two US citizen parents is a natural-born citizen:


Provided, That at least one citizen parent had previously resided in the United
States or one of its outlying possessions. U.S. Code: Title 8, 1401.
Society not being able to subsist and perpetuate itself, but by the children of its
citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and
succeed to all their rights. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the
children, and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent.

A Natural Born Citizen is one who is born of citizen parents. A child born
abroad to two US citizen parents is a natural-born citizen: Provided, That at
least one citizen parent had a prior residence in the United States or one of its
outlying possessions. U.S. Code: Title 8, 1401.

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