Monday, September 29, 2008

Obama Admits Dual Citizenship Status

Hat tip Atlas Shrugs:

A new admission by the Obama campaign calls into question the candidate's eligibility for the U.S. Presidency.

Article II of the U.S. Constitution states that "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."

Many questions have arisen about Barry Obama's citizenship status. Hillary Clinton Democrats have gone so far as to file a lawsuit challenging just that.

The Obama campaign's Fightthesmears.org quotes this finding from factcheck.org on the subject:

When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.

Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982


So where's the problem? Well, according uscitizenship.info, "If one takes up citizenship in another country, then the U.S. will consider that person to no longer be a citizen. Incidentally, the same is not necessarily true the other way around. If a person of another country becomes a U.S. citizen then, depending upon the laws of the home country, that country may still consider her/him to be a citizen."

It wasn't until the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 that the U.S. repealed portions of immigration law that required loss of U.S. citizenship status for anyone who within one year, "abandoned his US residence and set up a permanent residence outside the US." Which may indicate Obama lost his citizenship when his parents moved to Kenya, where he admits he was a citizen, and setup permanent residence.

In addition, the Department of Defense's official policy on dual citizenship and security clearance may also cause conflicts that could prevent Obama from discharging his duties as President.

It should be said that we believe Obama is a citizen, and clearly capable of fulfilling the duties required by the office. However, this new admission would seem to lend credibility to the lawsuit that is currently underway challenging his eligibility.

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