The Natural Born Clause : A Look Into The Citizenship Debate

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The Natural Born Clause: A Look into the Citizenship Debate Introduction Since the inclusion of the natural-born clause in the Constitution, different scholars have challenged what constitutes a natural-born citizen. In recent discussions of this topic, a controversial issue has been whether Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution should rephrase its natural-born citizen eligibility requirement for the Presidency. On the one hand, some argue that this clause protects the integrity of the Presidency from foreign influence. On the other hand, however, others argue that this clause is harmful and antiquated and does not reflect the current reality of the American nation. This paper discusses the ongoing debate about birthright citizenship by looking into the founding father’s intent on including it in the Constitution, the history surrounding the clause, the Court interpretations on the matter, and the recent challenges in this arena. Through the issue of presidential qualification, this paper will focus on how this relates to the meaning of citizenship and how this issue promotes a tier of citizenships that does not reflect the reality of modern American society. The research presented shows how this clause affects immigrants naturalized within the U.S. and people with right to citizenship born in foreign soil by perpetuating a second- class citizenship that places such cases at a lower-level than those born within the territory of the U.S. As a result, this research proposes that a change in this clause will level out the standards for the presidency and have broader implications on debates surrounding citizenship. History Founding Framers Intent Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution set... ... middle of paper ... ....S. armed services have gained citizenship since the September 11, 2001 attacks, including 11,069 that were naturalized while serving overseas or abroad U.S. Navy Ships. Despite the increases in naturalization, these people are not eligible to serve as president because of the “natural-born clause.” This clause limits the these to serve in different public offices but because they weren’t born in the U.S, the clause creates a clear distinction between citizenship. One of the main arguments post 9/11 was that the natural born clause served to protect the nation from terrorists who had the potential to infiltrate the system. However, this excuse does not account for the millions of citizens, particularly those serving in the army, that have devoted their lives for a country that constitutionally gives them a citizenship inferior to those born within the U.S. borders.

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