Ted Cruz: Born in Canada but Running for POTUS?

Shiny S. Patel | General Sections Editor

The Constitution reads that one of the several qualifications to being the President of the United States includes being a natural-born citizen or simply a citizen of the United States. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has been receiving backlash from members of the Republican Party because of this controversy. Due to the fact that he was born in Canada, Americans believe that he is not a qualified candidate for American presidency regardless of the fact that he is an American citizen. He even renounced his Canadian citizenship when finding out that he had a dual citizenship.

The first part of the Constitution that suggests Senator Cruz is considered an adequate candidate for presidency resides in the words “except a natural born citizen.” It is implied that it means someone who did not have to go through a process in order to become a citizen. Senator Cruz was born to an American mother and a Cuban father in Calgary, Canada. Because his mother is an American citizen, any of her children are automatically considered U.S. citizens at birth, without any sort of citizenship test.

The Constitution is a living, breathing document that can be altered or interpreted due to circumstance. In this day and age, globalization is a prominent part of every country in the world, not just America. Globalization makes the entire world interconnected regardless of the country that an event may occur in or legislation may be passed in. This means it should not be shocking when American citizens temporarily move for work purposes or any other reason for that matter. Because of this new scenario, the words of the Constitution that read “no person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States” should allow those not born in the U.S. to run for president.

Senator Ted Cruz has every right to run for president according to the Constitution of the United States of America. The argument can be made that he is not a natural-born citizen but the grammatically dependent clause “…or a Citizen of the United States” makes it clear that either way, he is constitutionally applicable. Due to the fact that the Constitution states that a natural-born citizen can run for president, Senator Cruz must be considered a qualified candidate of the 2016 election.


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