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Foreigners as President of the US?

Updated on March 16, 2010

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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    • vrajavala profile image

      vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      supposedly, BO was born in Hawaii, but the birth certificate on his website is a fraud. so people are questioning why he doesn't post an authentic one.

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      AFTiggerIntel 9 years ago from Nebraska

      Actually Barak Obama's citizenship isn't the one that was up for debate for the Presidential hopefuls this round since he was born in Hawaii. Senator McCain's is because of his birth in the Panama Canal region. You can have dual citizenship in many cases like where a child is born at a local hospital to US Military members then that child can actually apply for dual citizenship for the country of birth but they are automatically US citizens since being born to a US citizen.

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      vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      there was a candidate in the 60's, George Romney, who was born to US citizens in Mexico and ran for president.

      Also there are stipulations if one is born on foreign soil. Namely they both have to be American citizens. However, if one is an alien, then there are different rules. the American born parent has to have been a resident for at least 10 years, 5 of which have to be after his/her 14th birthday. Also, in some cases, the child of the alien may become a citizen of the alien's country, by their law. In which case, I believe, he/she will have to renounce the dual citizenship before running for the office of POTUSA. this is, I believe the case of Barack Obama. By the Kenyan law of 1963 he was made a citizen of Kenya, because his father was Kenyan. To my knowledge, he has not renounced that citizenship