Being labeled a “natural born citizen,” some political groups are questioning whether or not Texas Senator Ted Cruz should be allowed to run for the presidency in 2016. Birthers are a notoriously vocal group that believes a presidential candidate is only eligible if he/she was born on American soil; these are the same people that spearheaded the debate over President Obama’s eligibility when his birth certificate was under scrutiny.

 

Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970. Although his father was born in Cuba, his mother was born in the state of Delaware.

 

political cartoon about birthers being crackpot theorists

Birthers are not a new group, but they now have a new target with Senator Ted Cruz being born in Canada. (naplesnews.com)

According to Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or 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.”

 

Immigration Law says citizenship was naturally passed to Senator Cruz because his mother was a U.S. Citizen when Cruz was born. The law has a lot of different scenarios for determining a child’s citizenship. If Cruz’s mother had been born in America but had spent less than one year in the United States, then he would have not been a born citizen.

 

In the eyes of the law, there is no question that Cruz is a U.S. Citizen, but what does the public think? Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist who asked the Department of Homeland Security to deport President Obama last year, gave his opinion on Cruz to U.S. News & World Report: “He is not eligible to be president as he was not born in the United States or its territories to ‘citizen parents.”

 

Do you think Ted Cruz should be allowed to run for President? Or do the Birthers have the upper hand in their argument for a natural born candidate? Share your opinion here, or find me on Twitter @jesusgreaser and chat with me about it.