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March 6, 2012

Rick Santorum Still Refusing to Provide Copies of Naturalization Papers Proving His Father was a U.S. Citizen When Rick was Born

Is Rick Santorum a Natural Born Citizen of the United States to Constitutional Standards?

Rick Santorum Still Refusing to Provide Copies of Naturalization Papers Proving His Father was a U.S. Citizen When Rick was Born

Many, many contacts over several months by many people to Rick Santorum’s campaign offices by telephone, letters, and email … and even to his home address in VA via registered postal mail with questions about how, where, and when his father Aldo Santorum [who was born in Italy to non-U.S. Citizen parents] became a US. Citizen, have gone unanswered.  Rick it is a simple question and the public has the right to know. When, if he did, did your immigrant father Aldo who came to the USA as a young lad from Italy naturalize? Provide a copy of the paperwork of same to the American electorate.

Rick Santorum has been asked repeatedly to provide copies to the public of his father’s Citizenship papers. The questions to Rick Santorum have gone repeatedly ignored and unanswered.  Why?  This evasive behavior on this subject by Rick Santorum reminds me of the same type of behavior by Marco Rubio. See the prior story about Marco Rubio and ultimately what we learned as to why he was evading answering the citizenship status of his parents and when they became U.S. Citizens in relation to Marco’s birth date.

Thus, given Rick Santorum’s similar evasive behavior over a lengthy period of time in his not answering the questions and providing copies of the citizenship papers for his father Aldo Santorum, if they exist, to show when Aldo Santorum naturalized as a U.S. Citizen, we have begun to dig in earnest to find the answers.  We constitutionalists who firmly believe that the “natural born Citizen” clause in the U.S. Constitution is very important and applies to all.  We believe that all candidates for the office of President and Vice President need to publicly prove that status, i.e., that they were born in the USA to two (born or naturalized) U.S. Citizen parents given what we have discovered about the person now residing in the Oval Office.  Thus since Rick Santorum is not being forthcoming, we have begun the paper trail research in the various archives to get the facts that Rick Santorum refuses to provide willingly.  Why Rick Santorum is making things so difficult for we in the American electorate and is not being transparent and open and giving the public the information they ask for on this matter is beyond me.  Come on Rick, provide the information and supporting paperwork voluntarily.  However, in the meantime, I hereby share an initial report of what we found or should I say what we did not find in the NARA naturalization records search for PA and West Virginia, which is where his father lived up until Rick was born, to our knowledge:

Here is a copy of an emailed report of what I received in Feb 2012 from the regional office of the national archives (NARA) in Philadelphia PA.

 Rick Santorum says he is the “true conservative” and that he strongly supports the U.S. Constitution.  Well, if that is true, he cannot just ignore Article II Section 1, the presidential eligibility clause, i.e., the “natural born Citizen” requirement to be the President and Commander in Chief.  I strongly urge Rick Santorum to voluntarily release the records concerning how, where, and when his father Aldo Santorum became a U.S. Citizen, if he did. The same data for his grandfather Pietro Santorum, who was also an immigrant from Italy and was born in Italy to non-U.S. Citizen parents, would also be helpful and I encourage Rick to release those citizenship papers if they exist too.

Does the proven lack of “natural born Citizen” of the United States status by several nationally promoted Republican candidates for President and/or Vice President explain why the Republican National Committee and Party and their conservative allies in the media have not said a word about Obama’s clear cut lack of “natural born Citizen” status and the criminal acts to cover that up by Obama?  Are these Republican and so called conservative allies in the media allowing Obama to destroy the Constitution and Republic all for personal political gain of their party?  If so, what does that say about their being “true conservatives” as some so publicly claim?

CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret)
Lehigh Valley PA USA
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20 Comments

  1. WE HAVE SANTORUM WITH A FOREIGN BORN FATHER–WE HAVE ROMNEY WITH A FOREIGN BORN FATHER AND OBAMA WITH A FOREIGN FATHER—WE NEED BACKROUND CHECKS DONE ON ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES NOW BEFORE THE ELECTION.

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    Editor’s note: Romney’s father George Romney was foreign born but George Romney was a U.S. Citizen at Birth due to being born to two U.S. Citizen parents who were sojourning in Mexico for a time period due to religious beliefs persecution reasons. Now forgetting the religious beliefs reasons for George Romney’s parents going to Mexico and focusing just on the Citizenship issues, George Romney was a U.S. Citizen at birth just the same as two U.S. Citizens giving birth to a child overseas today would make the child a U.S. Citizen at Birth. The child now and George Romney then were Citizens at Birth and thus do not have to naturalize, but the child would NOT be a “natural born Citizen” at birth and thus George Romney or the hypothetical child I mentioned could not be the President or VP under out Constitution. But Mitt can be. He is eligible despite the foreign birth of his father. Read this full report. Let us not confuse the public any more than the OBOTS have already. It is not having one or more foreign born parents that matters. It is whether those parents were U.S. Citizens (born or naturalized) when their child was born in the USA. And Mitt’s parents were both U.S. Citizens when Mitt was born in Detroit MI.

    http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/ancestry-ahnentafel-genealogy-chart-for-mitt-romney-by-cdr-charles-kerchner-ret/

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    Comment by Alex J. Rynkiewicz — March 6, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  2. Cdr Kerchner
    Thanks for your tireless effort.

    My understanding is that Aldo Santorum served honorably in the US Army Air Corps, in the South Pacific in WW2 ( mid 1940’s) Rick was born in 1958.

    The INA: ACT 329 provided for citizenship for those who served during specified war conflict including WW2.

    That should answer your question.

    Bob

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    CDR K’s note: Bob, if it is that simple to prove then Rick Santorum should simply produce a copy of Aldo Santorum’s citizenship certificate obtained under the Act you cite. One may have been granted special head of the line privileges to gain Citizenship by serving in the military, but as you can see by the act you cite one still had to apply. Thus, if Aldo Santorum availed himself of this fast track to Citizenship and applied, the question is WHEN did he do it and WHEN was it approved? If Rick Santorum or his family has the attainment of U.S. Citizenship paperwork for his father he should produce copies of it and post it online somewhere. If it exists, and Rick doesn’t have a copy, he’s had months to get it since we’ve been asking him for it for months. The question is, with the dozens of people that I know that have called, emailed, and written letters to Rick Santorum to provide a copy to the public of the paperwork for his father’s citizenship, none has been forthcoming. Not even a reply and assertion such as you just provided. I don’t know for sure that there is a correlation, but I personally approached Rick Santorum and spoke with him at the Values Voters Conference in Wash DC last fall. I asked him and showed him printed fliers which explained the questions about Obama’s lack of natural born Citizenship, i.e., Obama’s father was not a U.S. Citizen when Obama was born. He brushed me off saying there was nothing to that. Makes me wonder now if there was more to Rick’s lack of concern about Obama’s natural born Citizenship status back then than I realized back then. Maybe Rick has known all along that he has a problem with his natural born Citizenship status similar to what Marco Rubio has. Until the paperwork is disclosed to the public showing how, where, and WHEN Aldo Santorum officially became a U.S. Citizen; this question will remain. Rick has been asked many times politely and in private to do it. Since he’s been evading answering us, now we are asking it publicly.
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    Comment by bobbyinpgh — March 6, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    • I think it might be a little far fetched to think thar Aldo had not become a naturalized citizen by 1958, since he emigrated to the US in 1930. 28 years.
      I do agree that Sen Santorum should be
      More forthcoming.

      Comment by vrajavala — March 7, 2012 @ 1:45 am

      • I have a Japanese friend, who has been here 25-30 years and never bothered to be naturalized. Sometimes they don’t want to break the bond with the home country.

        Comment by Roger — March 15, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  3. This applies to Santorum as well as any other candidate, and if he’s going to criticize Obama on ANYTHING, he has to be honest also. No exceptions.

    Comment by Lloyd Kirschenmann — March 6, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  4. Keep on it, Cdr Kerchner.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Comment by Stan Stanfield — March 6, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  5. Fidelity to the Constitution is off the radar of most politicians, even those claiming to be conservatives. Ron Paul talks a lot about getting back to the Constitution but even he won’t touch the radioactive plutonium that is Obama’s constitutional ineligibility. But there exists a nuclear option that could blow Obama’s presidency out of the water but it could only be triggered by Marco Rubio. Read the revealing essay I wrote about the potential power that he could wield if he would put his party and the Constitution ahead of himself.

    HOW MARCO RUBIO COULD DESTROY THE APPLE CART http://h2ooflife.wordpress.com/marco-rubio-ineligibility

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    CDR K’s notes: The Rubio story was broken first in this blog after almost a year of off and on research by myself and several volunteer genealogy researchers … and after contacting Rubio and giving Marco Rubio every opportunity to self disclose. That blog post is also where Joseph Farah’s reporters first learned of the Rubio issues and subsequently covered it in a piece in WND confirmed what we found. I have suggested the same thing to Rubio and also to Jindal, i.e., go public about the real historical and legal meaning of the legal term of art “natural born Citizen”. Either one, but especially Rubio, could save the nation and our Constitution if either one would publicly proclaim that as much as they’d like to be considered some day for VP or Pres, they cannot do so because they are constitutionally ineligible for Pres under Article II Section 1 and for VP per the 12th amendment, last line, and then explain why. And as the punch line and as a much bigger part of the announcement about themselves they should also say the Obama is not eligible either and he should be removed from office and barring that, Obama should not be allowed on the ballot in the various states, and be removed from any he has fraudulently gained access to, and that Obama should not be re-elected because Obama is constitutionally not eligible. Here is the link to the story in this blog that broke the Rubio story wide open back in May 2011. I suspect that Santorum has a similar problem to the “Rubio” problem too:
    http://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/senator-marco-rubios-father-was-not-a-naturalized-citizen-when-marco-was-born-in-may-1971-per-national-archives-data-his-father-applied-for-naturalization-in-sep-1975/
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    Comment by arnash — March 7, 2012 @ 3:58 am

  6. Sir;

    There is little that can be had to evidence the ‘natural born Citizen’ status of Marco Rubio, however, the alternate is the case with Santorum.

    Rick’s grandfather naturalized in 1927 while his wife and child, (newborn when he immigrated), remained in Italy.

    Rick’s grandfather naturalized in 1927 and under the naturalization laws his wife and minor children were ‘made citizens’ at the same time.

    Rick’s grandfather naturalized in 1927 and all that is needed to PROVE Aldo’s citizenship would be the marriage license of his parents, regardless of where the marriage took place, and Aldo’s Birth Cert. showing he was born before the naturalization, regardless of from where the BC was issued.

    Any effort to discredit that analysis must 1st discredit the ‘naturalization’ of Pietro Santorum, Rick’s grandfather,

    2nd, Pietro’s marriage and

    3rd find fault with the fact that Pietro’s wife and child ‘entered’ the U.S. after the passing of the 1924 Naturalization Act that severally limited immigration across the board with a number of ‘excluded persons’ from various countries and regions, with immigration from Italy falling by more than 90% from 1924-27. Very likely the cause for the delayed arrival of his wife and child.

    The Act established preferences under the quota system for certain relatives of U.S. residents, including their unmarried children under 21, their parents, and spouses aged 21 and over

    The 1924 Act also established the “consular control system” of immigration, which divided responsibility for immigration between the State Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

    It mandated that no alien should be allowed to enter the United States without a valid immigration visa issued by an American consular officer abroad.

    It provided that no alien ineligible to become a citizen could be admitted to the United States as an immigrant.

    So, it is unnecessary to seek Aldo’s ‘naturalization documents’, there aren’t any and would not be any as long as his fathers Pietro’s naturalization and marriage are documented facts.

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    CDR K’s comment: You are repeating disinformation. Pietro Santorum, Rick’s grandfather, arrived as an immigrant from Italy in 1927. Would you please explain how Pietro could have arrived as an immigrant in 1927 and become a naturalized U.S. Citizen all in the same year. Searches for the naturalization papers for Pietro Santorum have also thus far yielded nothing found. If you say Pietro Santorum naturalized, produce the copies of the paper records showing how, where, and WHEN Mr. Pietro Santorum naturalized. Produce the naturalization documents. That is what is needed to resolve this. Just like Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum is not producing the naturalization documents for either his father or grandfather. This is about the U.S. Constitution and the presidential eligibility clause. We enforce it for all … regardless of political party, political views on subject matters, or any other factor. Produce the documents for public viewing. That is all that I’ve asked for the past several months. Rick’s had plenty of time to get copies and do it. He has not. All should be asking why, just like we asked Rubio why, and just like we ask Obama why. Again, it is a simple matter for Santorum to clear up, if he can. Produce the naturalization for his father Aldo or his grandfather Pietro showing how, where, and when they naturalized.
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    Comment by Steven Lee Craig — March 7, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

  7. One correction to some mis information given on children born to citizen parents overseas. They are citizens but not Natural Born Citizens. Any modification to the citizenship criteria made by Congress can only effect that of Naturalized Citizens. Congress without a constitutional amendment cannot alter the criteria for a “Natural Born Citizen”.

    Comment by Randall Hunt — March 15, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  8. I will also add that any law passed by Congress or Executive Order by the President cannot alter or amend the Constitution. They are void when written and of no legal effect if they are in conflict with the Constitution.

    Comment by Randall Hunt — March 15, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  9. Also, Colin Powell, the RINO, is not a “natural born Citizen”. His mother became a citizen 3 years after he was born.

    Comment by budskippy — March 16, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  10. Obama, of course, has eligibility issues. Santorum apparently has eligibility issues. And Romney, whose father, George Romney, was born in Mexcio, may also have eligibility issues. Also Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal have eliigibility issues. I AM FED UP WITH THIS. We The People must demand that ALL Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates MUST fully document their Constitutional eligibility. And no, a Wikipedia article nor an autobiography, nor any graphic image on the Internet will be sufficient. We need SCOTUS to conclusively define “natural born Citizen,” based on law and the Framer’s intent, and we need it done NOW, before the national party conventions take place.

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    Editor’s note: I agree with you that the citizenship of the parents of all presidential and vice-presidential candidates needs to be vetted to prove that the candidate is a natural born Citizen of the U.S., i.e., a person born in the USA to parents who were both U.S. Citizens (born or naturalized) when their child was born in the USA. Of the above, Mitt Romney’s parents were both U.S. Citizens when he was born in Detroit MI. George Romney even though born in Mexico was a “U.S. Citizen at Birth” since he was born to two U.S. Citizen parents. A citizen at birth from statutory laws of the U.S. does not have to naturalize later in life when they return to the USA. It would be the same way of gaining basic U.S. Citizenship if two American citizens were living in Italy and had a child born there. The child would be a U.S. Citizen at birth via the father and mother. So George Romney while himself not being a natural born Citizen, he was at least a U.S. Citizen. And that is all he needed to be to procreate a natural born Citizen … Mitt. See this report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/77518311/Ancestry-Ahentafel-Genealogy-Chart-Citizenship-Status-of-Mitt-Romney-by-CDR-Charles-Kerchner-Ret Santorum is ducking all questions as to when his father naturalized … if he did. Since Santorum’s father Aldo was born in Italy to Italian parents, that presents an entirely different scenario. Aldo Santorum would had to naturalize at some point prior to Rick Santorum’s birth in 1958 in order for Rick to claim natural born Citizen status. Since he is ducking the questions and not presenting the paperwork for his father, I assume there is a problem with it. Either Aldo never naturalized or he naturalized after Rick was born. There must be something Rick does not want the public to see in those records or why else would he been keeping them secret and ducking the questions about the records. We know the answer for Rubio and Jindal. They are clearly not NBC. Mitt clearly is a NBC per the research report. For Santorum … the question is still open.
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    Comment by G A Lewis (@GALewisIII) — March 18, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    • Aldo Santorum served honorably in the South Pacific US Air Corps. more than 13 years before Rick was born.
      He went on to attend college and become a doctor (on the GI Bill)

      8 USC § 1440 – Naturalization through active-duty service in the Armed Forces during World War I, World War II, Korean hostilities, Vietnam hostilities, or other periods of military hostilities

      Any person who, while an alien or a noncitizen national of the United States, has served honorably as a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or in an active-duty status in the military, air, or naval forces of the United States during either World War I or during a period beginning September 1, 1939, and ending December 31, 1946, or during a period beginning June 25, 1950, and ending July 1, 1955, or during a period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending on a date designated by the President by Executive order as of the date of termination of the Vietnam hostilities, or thereafter during any other.

      According to the White House, other executive orders specifying periods of conflict have allowed noncitizens to immediately become US citizens. During World War I and World War II, for example, 143,000 noncitizen military personnel were immediately naturalized; 31,000 foreign-born armed services members became citizens during the Korean War.

      So what is the problem ? Do you think Aldo lost his papers ?

      It is not as if Aldo was a Kenyan/British marxist student bigamist who never applied for citizenship. It is not as if Aldo could not have obtained citizenship until after Rick was born.

      Santorum is a few years younger than I am and I would be hard pressed to come up with my parents and grandparents papers.

      He is not blowing you off, I think he is sort of busy right now.

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      CDR K’s note: Sorry Bobby, but you did not completely read the law you cite and/or the law in effect in the 40s and 50s was INA ACT 329. Honorable service in the military did not automatically get one U.S. Citizenship. It got one to the head of the line with no waiting period or fees … BUT … one still had to apply. If Aldo Santorum gained U.S. Citizenship later by some newer law, that is not relevant to the key point which is … was Aldo a U.S. Citizen when Rick Santorum was born in 1958. If Aldo was not yet a U.S. citizen in 1958, then Rick Santorum is NOT a natural born Citizen of the United States to constitutional standards. I suggest you read INA Act 329. http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-10086.html The person still must ask and apply to become a U.S. Citizen and renounce all foreign allegiances first to achieve U.S. Citizenship status. Some immigrants did not wish to do that, i.e., renounce their foreign birth citizenship. Maybe Aldo was one of those. And your cute point that Rick is just to busy to produce the paper work. What a bunch of baloney. That is one of the same excuses that Obama uses. If one wants to be the President and they are raising millions in contributions to achieve it and one has lots of staff helping him, like he does, he needs to simply get the paper work copied and made available to those in the electorate that want to see it. Sorry folks, but the days of the honor system are long gone since we’ve seen how Obama has taken advantage of it. It’s trust but verify from now on. No excuses, Rick needs to simply produce the citizenship paperwork and legal citations that prove that Aldo became a U.S. citizen on or before Rick’s birth date. Both political parties want to ignore the natural born Citizen clause in the Constitution. The Constitution is either going to have to be enforced or we will not have a country left soon. Conservative or far left progressive, this is a constitutional issue and it’s not going away. You are either a natural born Citizen of the United States at birth by the ‘laws of nature’ or you are not. One cannot change it after the fact. Rick Santorum has to prove to the American electorate that he is eligible, i.e., that his father was a U.S. Citizen when Rick was born, … and the sooner the better … because he is losing respect of many by continuing to duck the issue and not releasing the citizenship paperwork for his deceased father, Aldo Santorum.
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      Comment by bobbyinpgh — March 18, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  11. The 1930 census shows Pietro Santorum as an alien, however, the 1940 census shows Pete Sanatorum, Aldo Sanatorum and Carla Sanatorum all as Naturalized citizens. If you want copies of these census records please email me

    Comment by betbonie — April 3, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    • betbonie;

      Yes, I would very much like to see the census data on the Santorum family. It has been my thought that once “Pete” naturalized that he would have insured that he did everything necessary to see that his wife and son were also citizens.

      About the time “Pete” naturalized a sweeping immigration limitation bill was passed that directly impacted “Italians”, so I have ‘felt’ that since Carla and Aldo obtained ‘visas’ and made their way to join Pete would indicate a ‘preference’ visa was issued.

      What is frustrating is that “Rick” has not simply provided the info, you would think it a source of Pride within the family….?

      slcraigre@aol.com

      Comment by slcraignbc — April 4, 2012 @ 5:33 am

      • The law that you’re talking about may explain why Pete Sanatorum was listed as being from Austria in the 1940 census!

        Comment by betbonie — April 4, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      • Ya, both Pete and his wife are listed as born in Austria while the kids, Aldo and Carla are listed as born in Italy………would be interesting to know what that’s about………but the 40’s census clearly shows Pete, Aldo and Carla as having been “naturalized” while “Mary” is listed as “AL” which the footnotes indicates as being an “alien”………..?….

        …….But isn’t it fair, when your intent is to honor the needs of the Constitution, that there should be “NO DOUBT” rather than rely on the “benefit of doubt” when claiming to be Constitutionally eligible….?

        Comment by slcraignbc — April 4, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      • “But isn’t it fair, when your intent is to honor the needs of the Constitution, that there should be “NO DOUBT” rather than rely on the “benefit of doubt” when claiming to be Constitutionally eligible….?”

        You’re 110% correct and the Santorum camp should furnish proof positive. The census records do not represent “NO DOUBT” as far as naturalization is concerned. The census records as just that and nothing else. Noone should read into the census records other than what they were intended to accomplish ie a head count and names of residents.

        Comment by betbonie — April 4, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  12. I wish that people would state Romney’s history more accurately. Yes, George Romney is like McCain, having been born of two American citizens abroad. However, that is George, not Mitt.
    Mitt was born of two American parents on US soil.
    Rubio, Santorum, Haley, Jindal. Ineligible for POTUSA

    Comment by vrajavala — April 4, 2012 @ 6:57 am

  13. I wish that people would state Romney’s history more accurately. Yes, George Romney is like McCain, having been born of two American citizens abroad. However, that is George, not Mitt.
    Mitt was born of two American parents on US soil.
    Rubio, Santorum, Haley, Jindal. Ineligible for PZoTUSA

    Comment by vrajavala — April 4, 2012 @ 7:02 am


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