Since the U.S. Constitution was adopted over 200 years ago (1789); and, coupled with the fact that our world has certainly gotten smaller, facilitating marriages between men and women (now men and men and women and women) of differing nationalities; the definition of a “Natural Born Citizen” is becoming more and more relevant. The latest two controversies involved the current President, Barack Obama, and Ted Cruz, currently running for President in the Republican 2016 primaries. But, this is potentially just the tip of the iceberg.
Recently, a Twitter post queried whether Prince Hashim bin Hussein of Jordan, who is in line to be the King of Jordan, is a natural-born citizen of the U.S. and this eligible to be the King of Jordan AND the President of the Unites States!!! Technically, he meets the same criteria that has been applied to Obama and Cruz. All 3 have a mother who is a US citizen and a foreign national father. Prince Hashim’s mother is none other than Queen Noor, who was born in Washington DC as Lisa Najeeb Halaby. She gave birth to two sons who technically could be a President of the United States and a member of the Royal Family of Jordan.
Without making any judgements on the Prince’s lineage, the question remains, is he as eligible as Barack Obama or Ted Cruz to run for and become the President of the US? I would assume that even though the Prince is currently a Jordanian citizen, he could assert his US citizenry? Then, would the Prince’s children be natural-born citizens, or could they assert their own US citizenship merely due to their grandmother’s citizenship.
And the Politicians and Pundits make this sound so SIMPLE!
Congress really needs to define “Natural Born“. That should be interesting to watch!!!