Presidency by Birthright

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Presidency by Birthright? D. Jason Berggren University of Georgia Spring 2008
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Fears of the Framers • Questioned Loyalties of the foreign-born • Feared European Meddling in US Politics • Feared a Restoration of Monarchy • only 31% of Americans support the change, 67% oppose (Gallup, November 2004) • Still, Framers included the “Alexander Hamilton loophole” for presidency – native-born citizen or – a citizen at time of Constitution’s adoption
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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Statement Before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, October 5, 2004 • “The United States is known as the land opportunity, but there is one opportunity that these American citizens will never be able to attain under current law. They can never hold the office of the President. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of our Constitution, which sets forth the eligibility criteria for the Office of the President, requires a President to be a natural born citizen. • What is a natural born citizen?
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