If birthers had it their way, most second generation immigrants could not ever serve as U.S president or vice president.
If birthers had it their way, only people who fall under their definition of “natural-born” citizens could be elected president of the United States of America. This is because according to birthers to be a natural-born citizen you had to be born in the U.S. to U.S citizens.
The discussion this past week over Senator Marco Rubio’s eligibility to run for president in 2012 or 2016 has opened a can of worms for a large slice of the U.S. population, especially for second generation immigrants.
Rubio, a Republican senator supported by the GOP and favored by the Tea Party has been deemed ineligible by birthers under Article 2 of the Constitution, which reads “no person except a natural born citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
The issue, brought to you by the same group of people who have questioned President Obama’s eligibility, is that Senator Marco Rubio is a “Citizen of the United States” but he is not a “natural born Citizen of the United States”.
What the heck does this mean?
It means that even though Rubio was born in the United States, his parents were Cuban at the time of his birth, rendering his son a half-baked citizen of this country.
They later became naturalized citizens, but that does not count according to birther Charles Kerchner.
“Senator Marco Rubio is not a natural born Citizen of the United States to constitutional standards. He was born a dual citizen of both Cuba and the USA. He is thus not eligible to serve as the President or Vice President of the United States per Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. He can be a great U.S. Senator but cannot constitutionally serve as President or VP,”Kerchner says.
The question of parents’ citizenship is twofold idiotic… make it threefold bs.
First, because immigrants can choose or not choose to become citizens of the United States –it is a free choice and not a requirement to be legally in the United States.
Secondly; because it disqualifies a large portion of the population, and a great deal of past presidents of this great country, who were, in fact, second generation immigrants.
In the third place, children born to foreign parents in the U.S would have to apply for citizenship in the other country to acquire dual citizenship, you need to register. And even though some foreign countries recognize dual citizenship, the United States does not… and neither does Cuba. If you were born in the U.S. the citizenship that counts is the one registered in the United States.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) feels the law is clear, explained Douglas Rivlin, his press secretary.
“Except for under some rather extraordinary circumstances, if you are born in the United States, you are a natural born citizen of the United States. It seems that some folks only want to follow the Constitution when it is convenient for their point of view. The Constitution is an inclusive document rich with rights and freedoms, even though some wish that it was used to exclude and deny,” said Rivlin.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 36.7 million of the nation’s population (12 percent) are foreign-born, and another 33 million (11 percent) are native-born with at least one foreign-born parent in 2009, making one in five people either first or second generation U.S. residents.
The Census Bureau also reported that more than half of the immigrants were noncitizens (58 percent).
“This is lunacy. None of the first 12 or so presidents were born to “citizens” of the U. S. because there wasn’t a U. S. when they were born. Martin Van Buren was the first president born after the country was a country and his first language wasn’t English because his parents were Dutch. Good Grief, “says Jane Primerano a journalist and administrator with the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government.
Richard B. Wales explains the matter in this way: “The term “natural born citizen” is not used anywhere else in the Constitution, and it has never been the subject of any federal court ruling. Hence, its exact meaning could be subject to controversy. While some have suggested that perhaps a “natural born citizen” must have been born on US territory (i.e., in keeping with the definition of a citizen given in the 14th Amendment) — and news reports dealing with presidential eligibility almost invariably misstate the rule in this manner — the majority opinion of legal experts seems to be that the term refers to anyone who has US citizenship from the moment of his or her birth — i.e., someone who did not have to be “naturalized” because he/she was born “natural” (i.e., born a citizen).”
Even though birthers are disregarded as crazy right wingers with no inference in the political discourse, their thoughts do permeate those of the leaders and potential leaders of the country. In other words, if it happens to Barack Obama, Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal, it can definitely happen to any of the 33 million second generation Americans who have been told that anyone who is born in this country can grow up to be the president. And that’s why if you want to vote for Pedro this nonsense needs to be stopped.