The Meaning of Natural Born Citizen
Since the President Chester Arthur, there is ambiguity in the constitutional or statutory meaning in the Article 2, Section 1 of the US Constitution of “Natural Born Citizen” (Jones, 2015).
” 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”.
The problem is getting proper standing within the US Federal Court system and showing proper harm to an US Citizen or Candidate for office of US President (Jones, 2015). According to Jones (2015), a “Natural Born Citizen” is a US Citizen born and raised in the USA with at least one parent being a US Citizen while Clement & Katyal (2015) includes US Territories or anywhere there is US Natural Citizen given to birth with at least one American parent. Clement & Katyal (2015) definitions are based their Harvard Law Review essay which Strauss (2015) in his Harvard Law Review essay confirms that US Constitutional law is for interruption, abuse, and manipulation. Ted Cruz meets the Harvard Law Review meaning for “Natural Born Citizen” (Clement & Katyal, 2015) but not Jones’s (2015) statuary meaning and understanding set by the 14th Amendment.
According to Jones (2015), Ted Cruz meets the present day understanding of being a “Natural Born Citizen” to qualify for US President until his right is successfully challenged in the US Federal Court system, which is most unlikely to happen because of the court’s reluctance to get involved with US politics.
Jones (2015) stress that a successful challenge to the mean of “Natural Born Citizen” per the 14th Amendment would protect the integrity of the US Constitution and safeguard the meaning and difference between “Naturalized” and “Natural Born” US Citizenship for Americans.
God Bless!
William R. Hayward
GCU Doctoral Learner
Candidate for US Congress 28th Texas CD
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Jones IV, J. I. (2015). Natural born shenanigans: How the birther movement exacerbated confusion over the constitution’s natural born citizen requirement. Regent University Law Review, 27(1), 155-181. Retrieved from
Strauss, D. A. (2015). Foreword: Does the constitution mean what it says? Harvard Law Review, 129(1), 1-61. Retrieved from