On Being “Natural Born”
Garrett Epps has a nice piece over at The Atlantic on the “natural born citizen” clause in the constitution: Would the Founders Have Cared Where Ted Cruz Was Born?
The bottom line, as most know:
the Framers knew one thing about naturalization: It was the way countries shopped for kings.
That fear probably inspired the "natural born citizen" clause.
This is hardly an issue we currently face.
He also makes the following central points (one general and one specific):
The endless parsing of the Framers’ unspoken thoughts on this subject — as on so many others — does our politics a disservice. There’s no coded message in the "natural born citizen" clause.