It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago has agreed to hear a lawsuit on Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility for president — virtually ensuring that the issue dominates the news in the run-up to the South Carolina primary.
Cruz was born in Canada to a US citizen mother and a noncitizen father. The Constitution requires presidents be "natural-born citizens," but what exactly that requires hasn't been settled in court.
Now, perhaps, it will be. The lawsuit in Illinois aims to resolve the question by challenging Cruz's eligibility for the presidency. It was filed by Lawrence Joyce, an attorney who has told local media that he supports Dr. Ben Carson and has had no connection with the Trump campaign.
"Joyce said his concern is that the eligibility issue lie unresolved during Republican primaries, thus letting the Democrats take advantage of it after a potential Cruz nomination, when it’d be too late," reports The Washington Examiner.
When this question initially came up, the conventional wisdom among constitutional lawyers was that it was a non-issue: Cruz was obviously eligible. But as the debate has heated up among candidates (with Donald Trump, in particular, fanning the flames), it's also begun to heat up among constitutional law scholars.
The problem: the meaning of "natural-born citizen"
Here is what the Constitution says about who can be president:
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.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Xcathdra
If that idiot from Kenya was eligible I am sure Cruz will be just fine.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
I am curious what the difference is that allowed the courts to throw out Obama's eligibility challenges while accepting Cruz's.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
The mindset deals with loyalty. Can a person who was a citizen of another country really put the US first and what happens if a conflict between the US and the former country he came from occurs.
The Republic comes first.
originally posted by: JBRiddle
Remember the White House released his birth certificate (a poorly made Forgery) that said he was born in Hawaii.
A: The reason is simple, if Obama was born out side the United States with only one American parent he is not "Natural Born".
There are 3 types of Citizens, Natural Born Citizen, Natural Citizen, Naturalized Citizen.
Second Way - At least one parent must be a citizen and you must be born in the United States, one of its territorial protectorates (Area in question must be considered Sovereign Soil).
Many people miss interpreter the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that states that anyone born with in the confines of the United States is automatically a Citizen, but this is FALSE.
The law is pretty clear