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McCain’s citizenship

The New York Times ran this story a few days ago, while theoretically interesting, has of course nothing really to do with McCain’s citizenship. But because it has brought forth some interesting discussions (and some weird facts) I thought I’d bring some of it to you attention. Matthew Franck writes a few good paragraphs on the issue, and then Mark Krikorian comments with an interesting fact: "Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey found that there were 2.2 million people living in the United States in March 2007 who were born abroad but were citizens at birth. They are counted among the native-born."

The legislation that Obama’s introducing in the Senate to deal with this non-issue, doesn’t plug any loopholes. And all this because of a New York Times artcile? Natural born doesn’t mean native born.

Discussions - 3 Comments

A total non-issue. It's a shame the New York Times doesn't have to fact-check with some lawyers before it purports to cover a purely legal question. This should have diminished the Times' credibility, but alas, you cannot take from the Times what it does not have.

And native born does not mean natural born.

No, but either is sufficient for citizenship.

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