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Rep. Richard Hanna represents New York’s 22nd District, which was the 24th District during his first term in Congress, which began in 2011. He has opposed the renewal of the Patriot Act and the health care bill known as “Obamacare.”

(May 23, 2013) — [Editor’s Note:  On May 20, 2013, a New York State constituent of Rep. Richard Hanna of the 22nd Congressional District exchanged the following correspondence with the congressman.]

Mr Hanna:

Our Constitution is the SUPREME LAW of the UNITED STATES.

The NYS Board of Elections has posted on its website as a qualification for president: BORN A CITIZEN.


An “anchor baby” is “born a citizen” even if both parents are ILLEGAL ALIENS (the correct term); he/she cannot be PRESIDENT even though born on American soil. Clearly, as applied today in immigration practice, they are NATIVE born.

The Framers of the Constitution used EMERICH de VATTEL’s work “La Loi de les Nations” (the Law of Nations) to determine three levels of citizenship:


Native born

Natural Born (combination of JUS SANGUINIS and JUS SOLI, id est US citizenship of Both parents and  birth on American soil).

By THIS application OBAMA cannot be and was NEVER eligible.

The Constitution has to be applied to ALL PARTIES, hence by this application:

RUBIO, CRUZ, JINDAL and even perhaps SANTORUM (whose father is reported not to have been yet naturalized when the latter was born) are also NOT eligible.

I will not mention  Obama’s Social Security fraud and Selective Service fraud which Sheriff Arpaio and many others are going to be bringing up at Congress. That is being written about in various sources today, Sunday, May 19.

That matter of national security will stand on its own merits.

However, I will ask you for the record what your office understands  under the Constitutional term “NATURAL BORN.”

Is it JUS SANGUINIS with JUS SOLI or is it only “BORN A CITIZEN” as the NYS Board of Elections maintains?

The two are NOT synonymous.

I am a Natural Born citizen. I was born on American soil. Both parents were American citizens at my birth.

My grandmother, born in the USA, was a Native Born citizen as her parents were both subjects of a foreign crown when she was born.

She spoke with her grandchildren about this in the 1960s and was so proud  that her grandchildren could be president, whereas, she explained, she would not have been able to be.

We have many “scandals” in Washington, DC.

The pivotal one, to my mind, is that NO ONE demanded enforcement of the Constitution in 2008, and now we pay the price and defame the good men and women who have died for our freedom.

I write this not only with the full support of my conscience, but with the support of a friend who is a WWII Purple Heart recipient.

There is broad INTER-GENERATIONAL agreement that we are in a Constitutional Crisis.

I look forward to your explanation of NATURAL BORN.

If I am wrong, I will be content to be corrected.

If I am correct, I, with all good citizens, demand Constitutional compliance.


to which Hanna responded:

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the issue surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate.

As you may know, Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This has been documented in several local newspapers and President Obama has provided a long form birth certificate, which is the same documentation given to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in that state.  The birth certificate may be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/27/president-obamas-long-form-birth-certificate.

If evidence arises that the President of the United States has acted in a manner unsuitable for the position, I am confident that the Congress and the Judicial Branch will exercise their duty responsibly to provide our nation with a system of checks and balances.   We are at a moment in our country’s history where there are major challenges to resolve, including improving our economy, advancing our education system and maintaining a foremost military and as your federal representative I intend to work on these and many other issues.

While I am sure you may not agree with every vote I cast representing you, you will always know my rationale for the decisions I make on the House floor. I am committed to open government and transparency, which is why I post updates from Washington and explanations for final passage votes on each House bill on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reprichardhanna.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of my offices in the future if I or my staff can be of assistance.  We work for you.

Warm Regards,
U.S. Representative

to which the constituent responded:

Dear Mr Hanna:

Thank you so much for your swift and courteous reply.

I would like to draw your attention, however, to the fact that I did, indeed, NOT write to you about Obama’s “Birth Certificate.”

Others will be bringing that particular matter up at Congress very soon.

My point remains Obama’s status, or lack thereof, of NATURAL BORN citizenship, in the sense that it is meant in the US Constitution.

I pointed out to you that that particular Constitutional requirement has been deemed to stipulate JUS SANGUINIS plus JUS SOLI   (Two US Citizen parents and birth on American soil).

A Dual or Triple citizen (Obama writes in his “autobiography” that he was born with BRITISH citizenship, because his father was NEVER a US citizen and was from British Kenya. His adoptive stepfather registered him in an Indonesian school as “Indonesian.”) cannot be, as many understand the Framers of the Constitution, a “commander in chief” of our armed forces. That unique responsibility must be in the hands of someone whose only loyalty is to the United States of America.

My question, again, is this: In the estimation of your office and that of the majority of Congressional Republicans, does NATIVE BORN (here you maintain he was born in Hawaii) mean the same as NATURAL BORN (the Constitutional term)?

Is the terminology on the NYS Board of Elections website correct that a person need ONLY be “born a citizen” to be president?

By THAT application of the term, even an “anchor baby” with two illegal alien parents, could be president.

A sovereign nation cannot abide  not knowing what “is” is.

Best regards,

a Constituent


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  1. Rep. Hanna’s first response was the usual pat letter with the same answer many of us have received when writing our representatives about the same issue. I would bet that he will probably never give this constituent a second reply. If he does, we surely would like to see it!

  2. The pre-requisites for President are clear, as are they for a Congressman. However, in the case of Congressmen, one only needs to know how NOT to answer a straight question.