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THE FRAMERS SPEAK THROUGH THE CONSTITUTION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 31, 2019) — At 9:09 AM EDT on Wednesday, The Post & Email’s readers’ log showed that someone from the Fox News Channel accessed a 2017 article about the presidential eligibility of California Sen. Kamala Harris.
The article, titled, “California Constituent: Kamala Harris Not a Natural Born Citizen,” is a reproduction of a letter written in December 2017 by Gary Wilmott to Harris as a result of widespread speculation that she would seek a run for the presidency in 2020.
Harris declared herself a candidate in January. She was born in Oakland, CA on October 20, 1964 to an Indian-citizen mother and Jamaican-citizen father. While her father, Donald Harris, later became a U.S. citizen, it is doubtful that it occurred before Kamala’s birth, as Donald Harris reportedly did not arrive in the U.S. until 1961, and there is a five-year residency requirement for all legal residents who wish to apply to become U.S. citizens.
On Tuesday morning, New York State resident Robert Laity contacted various parties at Fox News to say:
Both John McCain and Barack Obama were ineligible to be President. Because Obama seemingly got away with it, Cruz was encouraged saying “If Obama can do it so can I”. Jindal and Rubio followed. Now Harris and Gabbard. DOES Fox news CARE about Art.II and it’s provision designed to promote our national security? NONE of the people above-mentioned are “Natural Born Citizens”.
As The Post & Email has reported, FNC’s Steve Doocy is often inclined to suggest that foreigners such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the child born to Prince Harry and his wife, Megan Markle, are eligible to serve as United States president either due to birthplace, as in Johnson’s case, or birth to a U.S.-citizen parent, as in the case of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the nation’s chief executive be a “natural born Citizen.” Some legal scholars say that a birth in the United States is sufficient to confer “natural born” status, but others say that the citizenship of the parents is equally important.
“The president must have sole allegiance to the United States,” constitutional educator Krisanne Hall has said. She has declared Harris ineligible to the presidency based on what would be her “fractured allegiance.”