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July 10, 2003
Mr. HATCH introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the Office of President a person who has been a United States citizen for 20 years.
`SECTION 1. A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been for 20 years a citizen of the United States, and who is otherwise eligible to the Office of President, is not ineligible to that Office by reason of not being a native born citizen of the United States.
`SECTION 2. This article shall not take effect unless it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States not later than 7 years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.'.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
Then of course there's the easiest question: why? Got anybody in mind Mr. Hatch? Or after all of these years, has it suddenly just occurred to us, hey, what if some day there is a foreigner who should be president?
If Hatch doesn't have somebody in mind, my obvious answer is that the amendment can wait. I'm not opening the door to some jerk sight unseen.