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January 15, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

It saddens me to think that people are still trying to claim that our president is a "foreign alien." He was elected twice by the citizens of the United States of America, not by a political party. It is even sadder that the author of a recent letter to the Eagle does not understand the difference between an assertion and a fact. The author makes numerous unsubstantiated claims, each of which is easily disproven. The most important one is in regard to the 14th Amendment.

A non-partisan answer to the citizenship requirements as outlined in the 14th Amendment is found at the Independent Voter Network website. ( The discussion centers around Ted Cruz's nationality, however the article concludes that due to the way the laws are written the president is indeed a natural born citizen and that this would hold true even if he were not born in the U.S.A. The rules at the time of Cruz's and the president's birth which are the rules that were in effect from Dec. 24, 1952 Nov. 14, 1986 state that: A person born abroad between those dates is a U.S. citizen upon birth if all of the following are true:

1. The person's parents were married at the time of birth

2. One of the person's parents was a U.S. citizen when the person was born

3. The citizen parent lived at least 10 years in the United States before the child's birth;

4. A minimum of 5 of these 10 years in the United States were after the citizen parent's 14th birthday.

Fact: even if the president, who was born in Hawaii in the United States of America, had been born abroad he would still be - legally - a natural born citizen.

Isabel Francis




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