Essay Proposing Constitutional Amendment to “natural born Citizen” Clause to be Published on Friday

LAW PROFESSOR ADVOCATES RESCINDING “BIRTH-BASED REQUIREMENT” FOR THE PRESIDENT

by Sharon Rondeau, h/t TM

What did the Framers mean by the term “natural born Citizen?”

(May 17, 2018) — In an essay scheduled to be published in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy on Friday, University of Richmond School of Law Professor Kevin C. Walsh is introducing a “Proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” to the “natural born Citizen” clause pertaining to presidential eligibility.

The requirements are contained in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution, which reads:

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.

Walsh’s essay, which can be downloaded by those registered with Reason.com, as of this writing counts 69 downloads and 772 unique views.

The professor’s bio states that prior to commencing his teaching career he “clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.”

Early on Thursday morning, the article and a follow-on post containing responsive comments appear in second place in a Yahoo search using the term “natural born Citizen clause.”

As of this writing, there appear to be no congressional sponsors of proposed legislation pertaining to the “natural born Citizen” clause.

In his essay, Walsh argues that the “birth-based requirement that excludes naturalized American citizens from presidential eligibility” should be rescinded.  At present, naturalized citizens are not considered eligible to serve as the nation’s chief executive.

The issue of presidential eligibility came to the fore in 2007 when credible reports surfaced stating that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Indonesia or Kenya. Likewise, the Republican contender he eventually faced in the 2008 election, Sen. Jon McCain, was born in Panama; his constitutional eligibility had been questioned in 2000 when he entered the Republican presidential primary but ultimately lost to George W. Bush.

Also in 2007, Georgetown University School of Law Professor Lawrence B. Solum published a paper in the Michigan Law Review discussing, in part, whether or not McCain met the eligibility requirements in which he wrote of the “natural born Citizen” term, “There is general agreement on the core of its meaning. Anyone born on American soil whose parents are citizens of the United States is a ‘natural born citizen.'”

He goes on to argue that McCain’s citizenship status was “conferred by statute in 1937.”  “”There is dispute as to whether the statute granted retroactive naturalization or whether it merely confirms pre-existing law under which McCain was an American citizen at birth. That leaves Jon McCain in a twilight zone– neither clearly naturalized nor natural born,” Solum continued on pages 2-3.

In 2015, the issue resurfaced after Canadian-born U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entered the presidential race. Days before Cruz declared his candidacy, two former solicitors general, one who served in a Democrat administration and the other in a Republican administration, published an essay in the Harvard Law Review reasoning that although foreign-born, Cruz was eligible to the presidency because he was born to one U.S.-citizen parent.

After the primary season launched, NPR’s Scott Simon wrote a column published at CBS News titled, “Do away with ‘natural born citizen’ clause” based on its exclusion of “talented” naturalized citizens.  Six days later, the lead investigator for the five-year Obama “long-form” birth certificate probe which concluded that the image posted at whitehouse.gov is a “computer-generated forgery” opined to radio host Carl Gallups that the Framers had intended to “encapsulate the office of the presidency to be held by only an individual who was protected through the allegiance of having been born on the soil and had allegiance by blood, citizen parents” (6:50 in video).

Walsh’s essay abstract, on the other hand, makes a distinct difference between an individual born in a foreign country who legally immigrated to the United States and became a citizen and one born in the country.  Walsh claims that an amendment abolishing the “natural born” requirement is “obvious and overdue” because “There are not two classes of American citizenship, just one.”

A white paper written by CDR Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. (Ret) documents the evolution of the Framers’ Article II mandate that only a “natural born Citizen” is eligible to be president and reasons that, based on “natural law,” a “natural born Citizen” as intended by the Framers is “Born in the country of a father who is a Citizen of the country and the mother is a Citizen of the country” (p. 3).

William Erigena Robinson

Since 2003, at least eight attempts have been introduced by various members of Congress to amend the “natural born Citizen” requirement.  The timing of the publication of Walsh’s essay coincides with a much earlier attempt to rescind the “natural born” requirement by Rep. William Erigena Robinson, who served in Congress representing a New York City district for three terms, although not consecutively.  Robinson was born in County Tyrone, Ireland.

Walsh has nicknamed his proposed amendment “Irish-born” after Robinson.  If recorded, Robinson’s proposed constitutional amendment would be in the Congressional Globe for the 40th Congress.

In his follow-up post, Walsh condensed some of the comments he received in response to his essay and provided some of his own.  Prospective commenters must register and log in prior to posting.

 

6 Responses to "Essay Proposing Constitutional Amendment to “natural born Citizen” Clause to be Published on Friday"

  1. Jeffrey Harrison   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Here they are, trying to fix something that ain’t broken. This is like putting on a small towel on
    a super obese naked person. It is doubtful the NBC clause being changed any time soon.
    NBC is not XYZ. They’ll try to change it. It could cause more light on the subject. Let’s take
    on the challenge.

  2. Gary M Wilmott   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    As for slimy Ted Cruz…it is incontrovertible: He was a CITIZEN of CANADA for 43 years!!!!!!

  3. JONATHAN DAVID MOOERS   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    NO LIE-BRARY FOR LIE-BARRY:

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/federal-lawsuit-filed-to-block-obama-center-in-jackson-park/

    MUST READ: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/24.pdf

    So, the black THEFT LEFT wants to steal our statutes and our property because we are former slave holders,

    the muslim THEFT LEFT wants to steal our country because we condemn Allah’s jihad,

    the immigrant THEFT LEFT wants to steal our voting rights because we are unkind to invaders,

    the lawless liberal THEFT LEFT wants to steal our Constitution and institutions because we, as free individuals, are basically selfish people in need of corrective collective socialism,

    and now, Kevin Walsh of the state-licensed attorney-criminal THEFT LEFT wants to steal our 1789 “America-First” presidential brain-thinking and replace it with the abandoned father-from-my-dreams muslim-reared Marxist-mentored cocaine-stained-brain of BO[ZO] and any other brain-thinking whatsoever!

    ALERT: LIE-BARRY and his DEFT THEFT LEFT are only here to kill America with kindness!

    >Presidential NBC = America-Only birth PEDIGREE + America-First inbrained PHILOSOPHY
    Example: Donald John Trump

  4. Oscar Piper   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Two recent articles about the meaning of the term natural born citizen.

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3100411

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3154894

    The Plot Thickens

  5. Bob   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Solum in 2010 revised his article. He added, “In an earlier version of this article, I used the phrase ‘whose parents are citizens of the United States.’ Some readers have misread the original as implying that someone born of only one American parent on American soil is not a ‘natural born citizen.’ That reading ignores the context of the original sentence, which was meant to provide a case where ‘natural born citizen’ status was indisputable. The sentence did
    not provide criteria for clear cases of exclusion, which were provided by the very next sentence. Based on my reading of the historical sources, there is no credible case that a person born on American soil with one American parent was clearly not a ‘natural born citizen.'”

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1263885&amp

  6. Cody Robert Judy   Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Court in ‘Cover-Up’ Crimes against US Elections Complete Heist of #Justice
    #MAGA #Birther #SCOTUS #Utpol #Q #Qalert #qanon #GreatAwakening #SignsOfTheTimes #Mormon #Saints #Sinners #Christains #Trump @realdonaldtrump #Democrats #Republicans #Vote #COTUS

    https://www.thepostemail.com/2017/07/17/appellate-court-says-obama-eligibilityforgery-plaintiff-must-now-pay-court-fees-proceed/

    https://twitter.com/CodyRobertJudy/status/997131912643731457?s=19

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