Over the last few weeks, Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz has been plagued by rumors that he is not eligible to be president due to the fact that he was born in Canada. Despite the fact that he was born to an American mother, many have claimed that this means he does not meet the citizenship requirement of running for president.
This week, however, the Illinois Board of Elections made a major ruling that has come as fantastic news to Cruz and his supporters. According to Allen B West, they have ruled that Cruz is a “natural born citizen” who meets the criteria to appear on their state’s primary ballot.
This decision came after Illinois residence William Graham and Lawrence Joyce challenged Cruz’s eligibility with the board, saying he should not be on the March 15 primary ballot because his candidacy violates 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, however, quickly rejected this.
“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, adding 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.”
Joyce has already announced plans to appeal the decision.
This will come as amazing news to Cruz and his supporters, and is a good sign that this issue may be put to rest for good. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.