Some people opposed to nominating Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal in 2016 are asserting that they are ineligible for the presidency. Their absurd claim is that neither man is a natural born citizen, because his parents are foreign-born. Some are Democrat provocateurs, while others are sincerely mistaken about the Constitution.
Briefly, a "natural born citizen" is a citizen at birth, by nature of his birth. Otherwise, a citizen is naturalized, that is, becoming a citizen later in life. Therefore, a citizen of the United States is either natural born or naturalized.
Constitutionally, the citizenship status of one's parents is irrelevant. In fact, many previous nominees had a foreign-born or non-citizen parent:
Andrew Jackson, President -- father and mother born in Ireland
John Fremont, first Republican presidential nominee -- father born in France
Chester Arthur, President -- father born in Ireland
Charles Evans Hughes, 1916 Republican presidential nominee -- father born in Wales
Charles Curtis, Vice President -- mother a non-citizen American Indian
Spiro Agnew, Vice President -- father born in Greece
Michael Dukakis, 1988 Democrat presidential nominee -- father born in Turkey, mother born in Greece
John Kerry, 2004 Democrat presidential nominee -- mother born in France
I have blogged before about the natural born citizen issue:
Marco Rubio is a Natural Born Citizen, just like John Fremont and Chester Arthur
Marco Rubio is a Natural Born Citizen, just like Charles Evans Hughes
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