Justify to the world how it is possible for anyone born of a parent who is NOT a U.S. Citizen, to qualify as a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.
Natural Born Citizen
Simply put, being a natural born citizen requires you to be born within the country of two citizen parents.
The relevant historical definition comes from “The Law of Nations”, section 212, Citizens and natives.
"The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country."
You may find this document at http://www.constitution.org/vattel/vattel.htm
John Jay used this in his writing during the Constitutional congress. Justice Scalia used this same document in the recent D.C. v Heller (2008) case in which private ownership of guns was found a constitutional right.
During the framing of the 14th Amendment the same definition was reached during arguments. Note the amendment does not confer natural born citizenship.
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