December 8, 2017
Ted Cruz A Natural Born Citizen, Rules New Hampshire, Illinois -- Donald Trump Wrong With 'Anchor Baby' Attack

Both New Hampshire and Illinois have ruled that Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen, which means the Republican should be qualified to become President of the United States based on the qualifications required by the U.S Constitution. In the past, Donald Trump has asserted that Cruz is an anchor baby, which, if true, would probably disqualify Cruz from taking the White House. The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to settle the matter completely, but so far, it appears that Cruz will be given a shot at becoming POTUS.

In January, Trump's speech before a New Hampshire audience claimed the now-GOP frontrunner was not really a U.S. citizen.

"Ted Cruz may not be a U.S. citizen, right?" Trump asked supporters during his speech in Nashua. "But he's an anchor baby – No, Ted Cruz is an anchor baby in Canada. But Canada doesn't accept anchor babies."

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Ted Cruz's birth certificate created a birther scandal for the Republican, and Trump was quick to capitalize on the issue. Before the Iowa results were in, polls showed how Trump began to lead in popularity after he began questioning whether Cruz is a natural born citizen.

"You know, they didn't even mention he was born in Canada, right?" Trump said. "When you're born in Canada, you're not supposed to run for President of the United States. Prime minister of Canada? No problem. It is a problem for him, by the way... How about this? He's a citizen of Canada. And he was a senator from Texas. And he's a citizen of Canada, joint with the U.S. How the hell does that work?"

Trump is referring to the fact that Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta. Cruz's mother was an American citizen at the time, although his father was a Cuban who was not a U.S. citizen. Cruz also maintained dual citizenship with Canada and the United States until several years ago.

Based upon the 1795 Naturalization Act, children of U.S. citizens born on foreign soil are themselves U.S. citizens. The issue is controversial since the U.S. Constitution specifies that "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." Some have argued that Cruz is a U.S. citizen based upon naturalization laws but should not be considered a natural born citizen based upon the wording of the Constitution.


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The Illinois Board of Elections recently announced a ruling in favor of Cruz. Lawrence Joyce and Williams Graham had filed a lawsuit claiming Cruz was unqualified to be president, but Cruz's lawyers compared the situation to John McCain, who was born on a military base in Panama. The board agreed, saying that "the Candidate [Cruz] is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth" and Cruz meets the Constitutional requirements because he "did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth."

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New Hampshire's Ted Cruz decision used similar wording back in January, but the ballot commission went out of their way to condemn any birther conspiracy theories.

"Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary," they said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Other lawsuits have been filed in states throughout America, but it is unknown if the U.S. Supreme Court will have to become involved in the matter.

Do you think Ted Cruz qualifies to be President of the United States based upon the U.S. Constitution and the conditions of his birth?

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