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Should naturalized U.S. citizens be allowed to run for President?

  • It's about loyalty.

    Denying naturalized U.S. citizens to run/become President is, in my opinion, going against equal rights. We can all agree that there is no such thing as a 'True American' in our century(well...Native Americans lived there before Europeans arrived, so they could be considered as true Americans), as Barack Obama said, "Unless you're Native American, you came from someplace else". I know why many people would disagree with this question, for those people it's a question of national security and what influence these foreign born (who later obtained US citizenship) citizens might bring to the American government. In Article 2,Section 1, Clause 5 it does indeed state the qualifications the person must have in order to become president, HOWEVER, we must think outside of the box. This article was created in the late 1800's, where tensions between the newly created America and Britain were still high, so they did have a valid reason (that was relevant to that specific period of time) to prohibit foreigners from being eligible to run for president. Times have changed since then. 100 years ago, the people never thought that a black man would ever run for president, yet it did happen and in my opinion he was a damn good president. Now look what happened... We allowed Donald Trump who is nothing but a simple minded fool to become president, just because he has lots of money and people classify him as a "true" American. There are many "true" Americans out there who could not give a damn about their own country. We must be open minded, we must accept that we live in different society than the one we lived 20 years ago. I believe that foreign-born US citizens can bring new positive change to the country that will benefit everyone, such as eliminating poverty and finding new ways of promoting international peace instead threatening countries such as North Korea that could potentially ignite a devastating war.

    The fact that some people say that naturalized citizens cannot become/run for president is the same thing as stating that they have less rights than people born on US soil , which is absolutely ridiculous since it goes against America's principles, where supposedly everyone has equal rights.

    America is literally the country of immigrants. Loyalty should be the factor for eligibility. Loyalty to the American principles and the faith that anyone from any background can write the next chapter of America's story.

  • They know what they want

    A naturalized American is a person who really knows his wish and they respect who they are. These people chose America and they're sure it's their true home. I know a lot of Americans who don't respect US and non US born Americans are true patriots. This country was built by immigrants and they will move it forward.

  • Literally why not

    America was built and formed by immigrants. First arriving from England to form a colony to later receiving people from all around the world when our country was finally established. Millions of citizens of america are immigrants. We are people who want to be governed by the people. Why shouldn't an immigrant become president when they are the very people who make up this country? They are just as much american as natural born citizens.

  • Yes yes yes

    Two simple but important words, equal rights. Everybody is arguing about the most unimportant items but who is arguing about equal rights? The world at this point is just not making any sense. They love paying attention to the opinions but where are the FACTS! We need to start paying attention to the real things in life right now!

  • Yes They Should

    I have been in this country for almost a decade now and I have learned the way regular Americans were taught and besides everyone is a descendant or is an immigrant because native Americans were from Asia and the first Americans were from Europe. But the thing is the immigrant has to have a citizen ship and had it for a decade or more.

  • Undermining America's Spirit

    The process toward naturalized citizenship is a long one that proves a person’s devotion to the country. First, a person seeking naturalized citizenship must have lived in the U.S. for at least five years — or three if he or she has been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years. Then, there is a citizenship test and a 10-step process organized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that includes an interview, a biometrics appointment that takes physiological and anatomical data by which a person can be identified, and an Oath of Allegiance. It is fallacious to insinuate that a person who is willing to go through this lengthy, potentially arduous process is any less “American” than a person who was simply born in the United States.

  • Undermining America's Spirit

    The process toward naturalized citizenship is a long one that proves a person’s devotion to the country. First, a person seeking naturalized citizenship must have lived in the U.S. for at least five years — or three if he or she has been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years. Then, there is a citizenship test and a 10-step process organized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that includes an interview, a biometrics appointment that takes physiological and anatomical data by which a person can be identified, and an Oath of Allegiance. It is fallacious to insinuate that a person who is willing to go through this lengthy, potentially arduous process is any less “American” than a person who was simply born in the United States.

  • Yes, naturalized citizens should be eligible to run for the Office of President

    America is a rich and diverse nation built through the hardwork of immigrants of all nations and creeds, and prouds herself of this tradition and background. Legal immigrants turned-citizens, who have pledged allegiance to the Flag and nation, share the same American spirit, patriotism and freedom that natural-born citizens do.

  • Follow what the American people want

    If the American people want a fellow US citizen to be president, that person should be allowed to run. Someone could live most of their life in America and be more of an American than someone who was born in America, but lived most of their life in another country. On another note, many immigrants who came to this country legally love this country more than many American who spent their entire life's here, that reason being; an immigrant chose to come to this country. If most Americans want Schwarznager to be president, why shouldn't he be allowed to run. Besides, it's not like they would be allowed to run immediately, the us constitution also requires someone to have lived in the us for 14 years.

  • Naturalized citizens SHOULD BE ABLE to run

    Naturalized Citizens have been prosecuted and excluded (Chinese and Africans). Now the constitution states that only natural born citizens could be president? After all these years, they still can't be president? They're like us, they're as loyal to the US as any natural born, and they are capable and worthy of running for president

  • Heck no boi.

    Anybody could run for president, and be stupid, like Donald Trump, and run our country terribly, like Donald Trump. YSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSS SS S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S SS S S S S

  • Foreigners shouldn't be allowed in our country period.

    They take all of our hard earned money and they take all of our benefits. It's crap that they can come into our country and take over everything trying to do things their way. We should ban them completely and get our country back like the way it was before.

  • Sneak top secret; different administration; unconstitutional

    First you all need to be aware of several espionages with naturalized citizens.
    George Trofimoff, the German-born son of Russian immigrants and a retired colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve became the highest-ranking member of the American military ever found guilty of spying for a foreign power.
    Mariano Faget, an acting deputy director with 34 years of service with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service office here, was convicted of disclosing official secrets
    Ana Montes, a senior intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency passed classified military and intelligence information to Cuba for at least 16 years.
    All people I stated above are naturalized citizens, even our president might be a spy if we let this bill pass, it's a risk that we should not take.

    A naturalized citizen is an immigrant, and has lived in another country. But other country have a totally different administration than ours. Just take Europe as an example. According to listverse
    The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary body of the European Union,Together with the Council of the European Union (the Council), it forms the bicameral legislative branch of the Union's institutions. The federal government of the United States, unlikely is the United States governmental body that carries out the roles assigned to the federation of individual states established by the Constitution. So even the president is not a spy, he is more likely to have policy different than usual, which nobody can predict what would happen.

    And my last and most important point, this bill is totally unconstituional, US constitution Article II section I clearly stated that
    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States. However, this bill is allowing non-natural born citizen to run for president, and that's totally contrary to the constitution.

  • Naturalized citizens should not be able to run for President.

    They could sneak top secret information to their home country because the president has all access to USA's history and government information. They could also favor their own kind if they live in the U.S. by giving them better privileges. Last but not least, The Constitution clearly states that only 'natural born' citizens can be president.

  • Naturalized citizens should not be able to run for President.

    They could sneak top secret information to their home country because the president has all access to USA's history and government information. They could also favor their own kind if they live in the U.S. by giving them better privileges. Last but not least, The Constitution clearly states that only 'natural born' citizens can be president.

  • We have to have rules by which we all live. Hence the Constitution & the Bill of Rights.

    Allowing some one who is not a natural born citizen to run for President opens up a litany of problems, one being that their country may not have had similar laws as America, or they originate from a third world country and they are poor, and therefore think, as our present regime thinks, that we have too much and would want to change America, as it is now being changed, to adhere to their beliefs, not American beliefs. If you are not born & raised in this country you are not aware of what America stands for. Our Founding Fathers created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for a reason, reason being to protect future Americans and the American way of life. Most of all natural born citizens have American parents and are taught the American way.

  • I am the negative side. I think naturalized citizens cannot be president.

    I'd rather risk our reputation as a free and equal country than risking 7-11 all over again and destroying america. People haven't complained yet about this. So why now? Plus, people can come here before their tenth bday, live for 14 consecutive years and become president. And still they can be a spy. All they have to do is wipe their record and make it clean. Do charity. Support the american belief. Act like a politican. There are so many ways to pretend like the good guy. There is also a chance that there can be many double agents or insiders that help this `to-become-terrorist` run for president. Don't pretend to be innocent! You may have worked hard, but my point is that it can be the `to-become-terrorist's` main goal in life is to gain america's trust and use that trust to slap us back in the face! Thay will take over and the american dream is ruined. So now what's the point of ruining the american image if their will be no more america?!

  • No, there are many other candidates.

    No, naturalized US citizens should not be allowed to run for president, because there are many capable candidates out of those who are born here. There are fine candidates from naturally born citizens, so the country does not need to run the risk that a naturally born citizen, who might not be loyal, would honor American interests running the country.

  • I have to say no.

    Just to point out myself. I am russian - american and former US Army Cavalry Scout and Combat Medic after my reenlistment, who became naturalized United States Sitizen. The thing is I believe this is not a good idea to entrust such responsibility to someone even like me simply because of how much United States itself will be put at risk. Imagine if this was still Cold War and lets say hypothetically I m or was KGB sleeper or low ranking agent. Now I joined US Army while being permament resident, and after my service to the country I found that obtaining US sitizenship despite being a bit hard, is by far not impossible.
    Now imagine thousands of hypothetical sleeper agents like me infilitrating US, serving sometime in US military just to gain sitizenship or simply living and studying in US Universities and Colleges to gain knowledge and infulence over time to attain positions of trust and eventually the presidency. This could mean a lot of danger, especially if several people at once take the high ranking positions within Federal Government who still have root ties to the country the was born at.

    Imagine if I was communist and was elected president and several of my hypothetical KGB buddies also got elected for my office and for positions such as speaker of the house. This could be madness and usurpation of everything United States Constitution stands for. This could be potential disaster with the country's government being overthrown from within.

    The problem is even worse of how many native US born sitizens are also willing to sell themselves to foreign governments achieveing the same goals? There probably some, but still I would not think as many as the ones who are natrualized.

  • No, they should not.

    There is a reason why a person is required to be born in the United States of America before they are allowed to run for the office of the President. While I'm sure there are many good candidates who were not born here, it wouldn't make sense for a foreigner to be president.


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