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Are You a "Natural Born" Citizen?

July 27, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

There's been a lot of discussion on OpenCongress of late regarding natural born citizens, and whether President Barack Obama meets the criteria. But a few months ago, another piece of legislation also ruffled some feathers: the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R. 1868). Our summary of the legislation says, "This bill would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born to undocumented immigrants in the United States. Current U.S. law automatically recognizes any person born on American soil as a natural born citizen."

This description was challenged by several readers, who argued there are very specific circumstances required for “natural born” classification.

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