Ted Cruz Misrepresents the Law and His Being a Natural Born Citizen at Town Hall Meeting | by Atty Mario Apuzzo
“During a CNN Republican presidential town hall in Greenville, South Carolina on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, a self-identified supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz asked him to explain why he believes that he is a natural born citizen under the Constitution even though he was born in Canada. “In order to prevent future controversy and possible litigation will you please justify, constitutionally, your legal right to be president of the United States as it relates to your natural born status?” Julie Hershey asked Cruz. The full exchange can be seen on video at http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cruz-eligibility-cnn-town-hall
Cruz, in a style and tone as if he were arguing his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, said that he was happy that Ms. Hershey (the Justice) asked him that question. He then answered that “the law under the Constitution and federal law have been clear from the very first days of the Republic. The child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural born citizen.” He continued that if two Americans travel overseas and have a child there, the child is “a U.S. citizen by virtue of birth.” The child born to U.S. service members overseas is “a natural born citizen by virtue of the child’s parents.” The child born to U.S. citizen missionaries overseas “are natural born citizens.” John McCain, who was born in Panama to two U.S. citizen parents, “was a natural born citizen.” George Romney, who was born in Mexico to two U.S. citizen parents “was a natural born citizen.”
Then Cruz reached back to the early years of the Republic. He said that the First Congress, which contained many Founders and Framers and who wrote the first naturalization Act, “explicitly defined the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad as a natural born citizen.”
Cruz then admitted that he was born in Canada. But he added that he was born there to a mother who was a U.S. citizen. He concludes that therefore “I was a citizen by birth by virtue of my mother’s citizenship. So, I have never been naturalized. I’ve never breathed a breath of fresh air on this planet when I was not a U.S. citizen. It was the act of being born that made me a U.S. citizen.”
Cruz then concluded that “under the law the question is clear. There will still be some who try to make political mischief on it, but as a legal matter this is clear and straightforward.” He finalized by saying that any suit brought by Donald Trump against him would not be meritorious.
So is Cruz telling the truth about what the law historically and what it provides today regarding whether he is a natural born citizen and whether he is under the Constitution a natural born citizen? The answer is “no.” … ” continue reading Atty Apuzzo’s new article at: http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2016/02/ted-cruz-misrepresents-law-and-his.html
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CDR Charles Kerchner (Retired)
Lehigh Valley PA USA
P.S. Here is a chart which lists and explains the five (5) Citizenship terms used in the U.S. Constitution.
P.P.S. Being a “born Citizen” or “Citizen at Birth” is not identically the same as a being a “natural born Citizen”.
P.P.P.S. Obama is NOT a “natural born Citizen of the United States” to U.S. Constitutional standards. Read this essay regarding the legal term of art “natural born Citizen” and basic logic, i.e., trees are plants but not all plants are trees. Natural born Citizens are a subset of “born Citizens (citizens at birth)”. All “natural born Citizens” are “born Citizens (citizens at birth) but not all “born Citizens (citizens at birth)” are “natural born Citizens”: https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/of-natural-born-citizens-and-citizens-at-birth-and-basic-logic-trees-are-plants-but-not-all-plants-are-trees-natural-born-citizens-nbc-are-citizens-at-birth-cab-but-not-all-cab/ Also read the “Three Legged Stool Test” for Natural Born Citizen https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/the-three-legged-stool-test-analogy-for-natural-born-citizenship-of-the-united-states-to-constitutional-standards/ … AND … http://www.art2superpac.com/issues.html Also watch this video by the renowned constitutional scholar Dr. Herb Titus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esiZZ-1R7e8