Ted Cruz Misrepresents the Law and His Being a Natural Born Citizen at Town Hall Meeting

In any event, the Third Congress repealed the 1790 Act when it passed the Naturalization Act of 1795, which removed “shall be considered as natural born citizens” and replaced it with “shall be considered as citizens of the United States.”  In 1795, the Third Congress, clearly indicated that Congress never intended to suggest that those persons were eligible to be President.  Rather, what it meant to do was to only naturalize them to enjoy all the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States, who  were not eligible to be President under Article II, Section 1, Clause 5, unless also natural born citizens. Representative James Madison, along with the entire Third Congress, and with the approval of President George Washington, told us in 1795 through the Naturalization Act of 1795, that a person born out of the United States to U.S. citizen parents was not a “natural born citizen” of the United States, but rather a “citizen” of the United States.  By surgically changing this language as it did, the Third Congress, which still had many Founders and Framers among its ranks as did the First Congress, with the lead of then-Representative James Madison and with the approval of President Washington, made it known that Congress did not intend in 1790 to grant the status of natural born citizen to anyone born out of the United States, even if born to U.S. citizen parents.

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