Days after his victory in Iowa, Ted Cruz has gotten some major news about his presidential eligibility that has him and his supporters rejoicing.
Over the last few weeks, Cruz has been plagued by rumors that the fact that he is Canadian-born means that he does not meet the citizenship criteria needed to be president of the United States. According to Allen B West, the Illinois Board of Elections has just ruled that he is indeed a “natural born citizen,” meaning he can appear on their state’s primary ballot.
This came after Illinois residents William Graham and Lawrence Joyce challenged Cruz’s eligibility to appear on their ballot, saying that his candidacy does not comply with Article II of the U.S. Constitution:
“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been Fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
The board swiftly rejected this, however.
“The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board stated, saying that Cruz “did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth,” adding, “Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary.”
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