There were a lot of questions regarding Barack Obama’s eligibility both before he ran and after he was elected, but at least one of his parents was a U.S. citizen, and born in the United States.
Not true of Kamala Harris. Both of her parents were born in foreign countries – India and Jamaica – and neither could possibly have been citizens at the time of her birth because they had not resided in this country long enough to apply for naturalization. Although Harris is a citizen because she was born in this country under current interpretation of the 14th amendment, neither of her parents were citizens at the time.
Harris’ mother arrived in the USA from India in 1960, according to her obituary, and her father arrived in the United States in 1961, according to his biography. Kamala Harris was born in 1964 in Oakland, California. To become a naturalized citizen, you must be a permanent resident (green card holder) for five years before you can apply for citizenship. If public biographical information is correct, neither of her parents met that standard.
Of course, all of this rests on the definition of the term “natural born citizen”, which is, and has been, a point of contention for many years, since it is not defined in the Constitution or anywhere else in Federal law.
Ms Harris spent important formative years living in Canada – not the United States. She lived in Quebec from the age of 12 until she left to attend college in the USA in 1981.
I’m sure each of us has an opinion (not that anyone in politics cares what we think.) Is Kamala Harris legally eligible to be President of the United States?