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Last Word on natural-born citizens, Dec. 11

Last Word on natural-born citizens, Dec. 11

Natural-born citizens

A recent letter raised questions concerning the Constitutional provision that only a "natural born citizen" may be elected President.  Williamsburg's own St. George Tucker, a leading authority on terms used in the Constitution, wrote in 1803 that the natural-born-citizen clause is "a happy means of security against foreign influence."  The term is today generally held to comprise all people born subject to the jurisdiction of the United States including those born in the United States, those born to U.S. citizen parents in foreign countries, and those born in other situations meeting the legal requirements for U.S....