#13 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT
"Most of the children in this discussion are natural born citizens of the U.S."
No, they are not. A natural born citizen is one who is born within the jurisdiction of the United States to parents who are both citizens of the United States. This is distinguished from an ordinary citizen which requires that only one parent be a United States citizen.
The term 'natural born citizen' was inserted into the Constitution by George Washington at the suggestion of John Jay. The purpose was to set a higher standard for the Commander in Chief than an ordinary citizen who might have foreign ties. The term was taken from "Law of Nations" written by Emerich de Vattel in 1758. "[H]istorical records reveal that Vattel's work was quoted at the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787, various State Constitutional Conventions, and was also referenced in a 1785 letter by John Jay regarding a diplomatic matter."
'Natural Born Citizen' is defined in Book 1, Chapter 19, Section 212 of "Law of Nations": "The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens."