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What is a natural born citizen?

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Uploaded on Nov 23, 2008

Obama is not a natural born citizen, because his father was not a US citizen. His father was a British subject, and because of that Obama was born a subject of the Crown and later became a citizen of Kenya and Indonesia, when adopted by Lolo Sotoro. Even if he was born in Hawaii, and his mother was old enough to pass US citizenship on to him, he would still only be a citizen-not a natural born citizen.
Natural born status must exist at the moment of birth. It can not be earned, or received at a later date, or by a retroactive law.

Knowing this, we are now being told that Obama is qualified? Yes, he may be a citizen, though I doubt it, but he was never a natural born citizen, and can not be President, if we honor the Constitution.

British Nationality Act of 1948 (Part II, Section 5): Subject to the provisions of this section, a person born after the commencement of this Act shall be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if his father is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies at the time of the birth.

Now, Obama's Fightthesmears.com website claims his British citizenship was short-lived, but, if he never accepted Kenyan citizenship, he is still a British citizen.

On Dec. 12, 1963, Kenya formally gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Chapter VI, Section 87 of the Kenyan Constitution specifies that:

1. Every person who, having been born in Kenya, is on 11th December, 1963 a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or a British protected person shall become a citizen of Kenya on 12th December, 1963

2. Every person who, having been born outside Kenya, is on 11th December, 1963 a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or a British protected person shall, if his father becomes, or would but for his death have become, a citizen of Kenya by virtue of subsection (1), become a citizen of Kenya on 12th December, 1963.

The 14th Amendment does not confer natural born citizen status anywhere in its text. It simply states that a person born in the United States is a Citizen, and only if he is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

If Obama was born in Hawaii, he would be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, but, he was also subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. In other words, he would hold dual citizenship, and would not be eligible to be President, just as a naturalized citizen is not eligible, because they, at one time held foreign citizenship. He may still hold citizenship in Indonesian as well.

A natural born citizen would not be born subject to British jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction other than the United States.

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