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To: bobjam

you do understand the difference between naturalized and a natural born citizen, don’t you?


43 posted on 04/27/2011 7:23:58 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

Yes. “Natural born” means the individual is a citizen at the moment of birth. “Naturalized” is a person who was once a citizen of another country and became a US citizen.

Until the 14th Amendment, a newborn’s citizenship status was determined by the citizenship status of his parents. This was standard policy in the West going back to the days of the Roman Republic. The 14th Amendment replaced that policy with a geographic policy. One simply had to be born in the United States to be a citizen at birth. This was done so that Southern Democrats could not use grandfather clauses to deny citizenship to blacks. A good idea at the time, it has since lead to anchor babies.


57 posted on 04/27/2011 7:34:05 PM PDT by bobjam
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