Thank you for being the voice of reason and common sense.
I am late in writing this comment about a woman’s question from the Wed., May 12 show about an Americans who give birth overseas.
The United States will recognize that child as a full American citizen if born on ‘federal’ property such as a military installation. If a birth takes place on foreign soil, the child is considered a dual citizen, American and of the country of birth. If the child lives in the U.S. for five consecutive by the time he/she is 18 years of age or older, they may go to the Department of Immigration and Naturalization to apply for full United States of America citizenship. One must fill out the application and have one witness sign to verify the five consecutive years of residence. The applicant then receives a document of Naturalization as a full American citizen.
I had to go through this process in 1972 as my father was a U.S. Army soldier stationed in Germany, married my mother, who was a German citizen at the time of my birth and did not qualify for use of the base hospital. I was born in a German hospital. My mother did not receive her U.S. citizenship until I was nearly one year old.
It was actually quite a blow to me to find out that as a Naturalized citizen, that I could never run for president, as it is required to be born on U.S. soil.
My father always told me I could be anything, even president. Once I received my Naturalization document, I realized this disqualified me.
I suppose most people would not be affected by this one fact, but in setting my sights as a child to be able to achieve the most honored office and highest service to my country (as taught by my father), this reduced my goals to not be involved in seeking a political office. Although, it did not affect my participation in the political process.