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Senator Says Obama's Birth Location "DOESN'T MATTER"...

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In a new twist to the Washington arguments against questioning President Obama's birthplace, the senior senator from South Dakota says it just doesn't matter. 

In a letter responding to an inquiry from a constituent, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., says Barack Obama "is a natural born citizen of the United States regardless of the location of his birth."

"President Obama's mother was a citizen of the United States, and children of American citizens are conferred citizenship at birth, meaning that Barack Obama was born a citizen of this country regardless of the location of his birth," Johnson's letter, dated earlier this month, said.

The citizen who had inquired, who blogs as "Constitutionallyspeaking" in the state, was outraged.

"In ALL of my correspondence, I supplied Sen. Johnson and his staff with congressional records and numerous historical documents along with Supreme Court … opinions and commentary and this is what they come back at me with," wrote the blogger, Linda.

"Citizenship at birth can never be changed. History and research are very clear on this point. However, the actions of the person once they become of age, come into play as to qualifications for any elected office, thus the reason for the 14-year requirement in Article II, Section 1, Clause V," she wrote.

"According to the U.S. Legislature, the definition of 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof' was defined as 'Not owing allegiance to anybody else.' Therefore, that rule prevents us from interpreting 'natural born' under the 14th Amendment because it eliminates the possibility of a child being born with more than one allegiance. Remember, BHO aka BHS held dual allegiances at birth. He, himself has publically acknowledged the fact that his father was a British subject at the time of BHO's birth, therefore he, himself was also a British subject at birth," she said.

"How can a United States natural born citizen's citizenship status be governed by the British Crown at birth?" the constituent continued. "The Constitution is very clear as to the qualifications for POTUS, and there is no birth certificate of Barack Obama that would make any difference. The fact that he had dual citizenship at birth proves he was not a 'natural born' citizen. He is a citizen under the 14th amendment which defines citizens born to parents when one parent is not a U.S. citizen."

She then cites the Department of State's Foreign Affairs Manual and states, "It has never been determined definitively by a court whether a person who acquired U.S. citizenship by birth abroad to U.S. citizens is a natural born citizen within the meaning of Article II of the Constitution, and, therefore, eligible for the presidency."

The fact that Obama's mother was a citizen doesn't really matter, she wrote. "At the time of his birth, Obama's mother was not old enough to confer her American citizenship to her newborn son had he been born abroad."

She cites a 1952 law that required a U.S. citizen married to an alien to have been physically present in the United States for 10 years, including five after reaching the age of 14, to transmit citizenship to foreign-born children. Obama's mother was 18 when he was born.  

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