结果人家现在是标准的“natural born citizen“，有资格竞选总统
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: 结果人家现在是标准的“natural born citizen“，有资格竞选总统
4Can Ted Cruz run for president if he was born in Canada?
The Republican senator from Texas says he can. And just to be sure, he’s
taking the extra step of renouncing the Canadian citizenship he says he didn
’t even know he had.
Cruz -- full name: Rafael Edward Cruz --was born in Canada in 1970 because
his father was working for the oil industry there. The senator’s recently
released birth certificate shows his mother was born in Delaware and his
father was born in Cuba. The Cruz family left Canada a few years later. Cruz
grew up in Texas and graduated from high school there, later attending
Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
By virtue of his American-born mother, Cruz, 42, considers himself a natural
born citizen and eligible to run for president.
So is he eligible? The vast majority of legal thought and arguments indicate
Is there the tiniest sliver of uncertainty? Yes, there’s that, too.
The Constitution says any candidate for president must be 35 years of age, a
resident within the United States for 14 years and a "natural born citizen."
We’ve looked at the question of natural born citizenship before. Back in
2008, people raised questions about the "natural born" citizenship status of
both major party candidates.
We’ve fact-checked several statements about President Barack Obama’s place
of birth and his birth certificate. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and
his mother was a U.S. citizen. His father was Kenyan.
We also looked at the case of John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal
Zone because his American father served in the military. McCain, the 2008
GOP nominee, saw his standing briefly challenged in court.
Interestingly, both of McCain’s potential Democratic opponents -- Obama and
then-Sen. Hillary Clinton -- co-sponsored a Senate measure to settle McCain
’s eligibility. The April 2008 resolution said, "John Sidney McCain, III,
is a 'natural born Citizen' under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution
of the United States."
Defining "natural born"
So what is a "natural born" citizen? The Constitution doesn’t specifically
In 2008, we reviewed research and polled several legal experts. The
consensus was that someone is a "natural born" citizen if they have
citizenship at birth and don’t have to go through a naturalization process
to become a citizen.
If that’s the definition, then Cruz is a natural born citizen by being born
to an American mother and having her citizenship at birth. (This same logic
would apply to Obama, even if he were born in another country, which he
The Congressional Research Service published a report on the issue after the
2008 election; the agency is tasked with providing authoritative research
to all members of Congress. It, too, supported the thinking that "natural
born" citizenship means citizenship held "at birth."
But the Supreme Court -- the ultimate arbiter of constitutional questions --
has never ruled on the matter. And that means a note of uncertainty remains.
Sarah H. Duggin, a professor of law at Catholic University, has written
about and studied the issue extensively. She told us in 2008 that the
question of natural born citizenship is "one of the most deceptively simple,
We reached her again this week to ask about Cruz’s eligibility. "It would
be reasonable to interpret the Constitution’s natural born citizenship
provision to include children born abroad to U.S. citizens, including
Senator Cruz, for a number of reasons," she said.
But is it 100 percent sure?
"Unfortunately, we cannot say for sure without either a definitive Supreme
Court ruling, or an amendment to clarify the Constitution."
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