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The Great Mother of All Natural Born Citizen Quotation Pages

Partial lists don’t carry the full impact of citations scattered here and there. This project is to collect everything accessible and to the point into one place If it takes much context or argument, a brief reference and a link is included. I promise you that the quotations will mean the same thing when you read them here than they mean if you read the larger context, and the larger context will be linked to the text. No tricks, no deception.

For additional citations, see The “Natural Born Citizenship” Clause (Updated) to whom this article is indebted for some of these citations. And for EVEN MORE citations see SCOTUS & “Natural Born Citizen” – A Compendium, Books on Google that define “Natural Born Citizen” and History of US citizenship laws.

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Leo C. Donofrio

Leo. C. Donofrio

Leo. C. Donofrio

Leo C. Donofrio is a retired lawyer and professional poker player. His connection to Obama conspiracy theories is through his lawsuit, Donofrio v. Wells, which challenged the presidential election in New Jersey because the New Jersey Secretary of State (Wells)  did not personally verify the eligibility of the candidates for president on the New Jersey ballot, three of whom Donofrio believes were ineligible.

Donofrio maintains a blog site called Natural Born Citizen in which he discusses the case,  related cases and citizenship issues.

Donofrio is also a proponent of the argument that President Chester A. Arthur was not a legitimate president because his father was a British citizen when Chester was born. He accuses Arthur of intentionally misdirecting investigators to keep them from discovering his father’s naturalization status. This is discussed here in the article: “The Assassination of Chester A. Arthur“.

After the refusal of Donofrio v. Wells by the United States Supreme Court (and that of another litigant Cort Wrotnowski) Donofrio has taken on a conspiratorial view of things including explaining the Court’s decision as cowardice rather than judicial opinion.

He wrote:

you have no Constitution and you have no “Supreme” court.  You have a filthy corrupted snake pit which tried to protect itself from responsibility for this issue by using clerks like brutal praetorian guards.

Natural born citizen

With this odd fellow we elected President has come discussion about the Constitutional requirements for being President, and in particular that pesky little phrase “natural born citizen”. There are some very long (and some long-winded) discussions about what this means. I personally think the thing is being over analyzed.

I hit the Concise Oxford English Dictionary for the “old meaning” of the term, and it provided a very simple definition: “having a position by birth”, so “natural born citizen” means being a citizen at birth. There’s nothing new here, and indeed this is what is usually understood by the term. If you look at all the uses of “natural born”, it means “born with” some characteristic, e.g. natural-born storyteller, natural-born swimmer, natural-born athlete, natural-born mathematician, natural-born musician, and on and one. A natural born citizen is just someone born with the quality of being a citizen.

At first blush, this would seem to be a slam dunk answer for Barack Obama’s natural born citizenship, since the fourteenth amendment defines: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside”. There’s no question in my mind that Barack Obama was born in the United States. Some quibble about the latter part: “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”. Keep in mind that now we are talking about citizenship in general, not the qualifications for President. Some argue that the children of non-citizens born in the United States should not be citizens because they are subject to the government of their parents, that they have divided jurisdiction. This non-citizenship for the children of non-citizens would be a big surprise to hundreds of thousands of Americans with US Birth Certificates and carrying US Passports, and to the US State Department and most of the population. However, the question of citizenship for the children of non-citizens was settled long ago by the United States Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark. Wong was born in the US, the child of two Chinese temporary workers. He tried to re-enter the country and was denied entry because he was not a citizen. The Supreme Court in a 6-2 vote declared that he was indeed a citizen. Continue Reading →