Wasn’t Ted Cruz born in Canada? How is he eligible to be President of the United States?
Quite the ruckus has been made in the last 24 hours over Texas Senator Ted Cruz being the first official candidate to enter the 2016 Presidential election race. Opinions have been all over the place, with many conservatives ecstatic and strongly supporting him, and many liberals laughing at him, claiming that he’s the best thing that could happen for Democrats in 2016, because in their minds, there is no way he has a chance of winning. One common thread between Republicans and Democrats alike is that Cruz does not have many friends in either party. He is viewed as an anti-establishment kind of guy, who frequently goes against the grain with not only President Obama, but also frequently with Republican Party Leadership.
But regardless of whether you believe the man is a genius or a nutcase, there has been one common thread trending on both sides with the news of his candidacy:
Is Ted Cruz a Natural Born Citizen?
Article II, Section I of the Constitution states:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
The 14th Amendment states:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.
The issue arrises with the definition of ‘natural born citizen.’ The phrase does not appear anywhere else in the Constitution. Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada to an American mother and Cuban-born father. Under current U.S. law, this extended citizenship to Ted Cruz, even though he was born on foreign soil, because his mother was a U.S. citizen. In fact, apparently unbeknownst to him, Ted Cruz was a dual-citizen of both the United States and Canada. When legal scholars brought the issue up last year saying that he was [Read more…]