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Ted Cruz is a "Natural Born" U.S. citizen

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Started: 1/10/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Cruz"s mother did not lose her citizenship upon marrying his father. According to the Expatriation Act of 1907, section 3 originally said that American woman who married foreign nationals lost their citizenship, but a resolution was passed in 5/14/2014 (S.Res. 402) that acknowledged that section 3 of the Expatriation Act of 1907 is incompatible with and antithetical to the core principle that all persons, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity are created equal. ( Therefore, Cruz"s mother is a United States citizen.

Congress expanded the meaning of what it is to be a natural born United States citizen in the Naturalization Act of 1790, and said children born abroad of a citizen parent were citizens from the moment of birth, and thus are "natural born citizens." (Harvard Law Review)


My opponent seems to think this is settled law. It is not. He brings up laws from the 1700's where there was no definition of "natural born".

My opponent he must reconcile a few problems with his argument. According to the 14th amendment, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States... are citizens of the United States" There are 2, not 1 clause here. The constitution has groups Born and naturalized.

What happens when a citizen gives birth abroad? They must APPLY for citizenship -They are NOT born a US citizen.

As per the state dept: Failure to promptly document a child who meets the statutory requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth... attempting to establish the child"s U.S. citizenship

Cruz could be born of US citizens, but required naturalization. IF born a US citizen, then no application is required.
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