Allow Naturalized Citizens to Run for President Essay

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution states “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.” In some way these words are very important to our nation because it prevents over 12.

8million American for being eligible for presidency.

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Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, Labor Secretary, Elaine Chao, Governor, Schwarzenegger, and other 700 more Medal of Honor Winners have served in the US military or served in high political positions that are not able to become president only because they were not born in the United States. For example, many people would agree that a naturalized person adopted to American parents at the age of three months, attends American schools would have more qualifications than someone who was born in the US but moved to Europe, attends European school, comes back to US at the age of 40, runs for presidency at 55.

Limiting these opportunities for naturalized people would be unfair and could lead to discrimination. Not giving someone with presidential qualifications but not allowing them to run for president could be a discrimination of race, religion, or the fact that they were born in a foreign country. Article I of the Constitution states that “All man are born free and equal.” This means that not allowing an eligible person to run for president is against the Constitution.

Someone who put lots of effort and time towards US shouldn’t not be stopped from running for president just because they were born in a foreign country. Many people with many experiences even from different backgrounds should be eligible to become presidents.

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