Foreigners as President of the US?
To date there has not been a President elected that has been born outside the 50 United States. In 1787, our forefathers deemed that only natural born citizens (ones born on US soil) are eligible for the White House. This is the debate of many civics classes and always comes up in election years since potential canidates might not have been born here but call the US their home sometimes almost as long as they have been living. Take for example presidential hopeful Senator John McCain. He was born in Panama where his father was stationed. I feel this is actually on US Soil because any base that the United States has american troops at is considered US Soil. The intention of this requirement for President was not to deny the children of our Armed Forces serving overseas the chance to dream of one day running the country that their father or mother served to protect that freedom to be anything they want to be.
I would even go one step further to say children born to American citizens that happen to be born in any other country should be eligible. Yes that would mean that possibly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's children born in France and Africa would have that chance if they so choose. Now this is completely different than the situation of Arnold Schwarzenegger who was first a citizen of a different country prior to applying to become an naturalized immigrant. This is not saying that an immigrant would have less capability to run the country but that the founding members of our country felt that a President born here would have loyalty and ties to the United States while someone born in a foreign country as a citizen of that country would have more loyalty to that country first.
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