Your Opinion: Proof positive on citizenship

Dear Editor:

The only intelligent thing Mark Bruenger said in his letter printed April 28 was, well nothing. The Constitution clearly deals with citizenship requirements for the president and Obama does meet those requirements.

The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:”

• Anyone born inside the United States.*

• Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe.

• Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.

• Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national.

• Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year.

• Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21.

• Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time).

A final, historical condition: a person born before May 24,1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

• There is an exception in the law — the person must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

I don’t have a clue why Obama waited so long and made it such a circus, but he does qualify and that my friends, is the end of the story.

The goal is to beat him in 2012.

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