The state Board of Elections has received three objections contesting the “natural-born” citizenship of presidential candidates and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and/or Marco Rubio submitted in hopes of knocking them off the April 19 Republican primary ballot. Cruz was born in Canada, though his mother was a U.S. citizen (his father was at the time a Cuban citizen); Cruz finally shed his Canadian dual citizenship in 2014. Rubio was born in Miami, though neither of his parents were at the time naturalized U.S. citizens. Gregory-John Fischer of Suffolk County, who objected to Cruz, noted in his one-page complaint that “the willful 2014 Canadian citizenship of Ted Cruz highlights his conflicted dual-citizenship (and possibly mixed loyalties)” that underscores what Fischer sees as the intent of the framers of the Article 2 of the Constitution.
A joint complaint by William Gallo of Nassau County and Barry Korman of New York City notes what they see as a distinction between the senator’s being a citizen — thus able to hold a seat in Congress — but not a natural-born citizen capable of serving in the White House.
The complaint filed by Robert Laity of Tonawanda objects to Cruz as well as Rubio and Bobby Jindal, who suspended his campaign in November. Laity argues that a “natural-born citizen” must pop out of his mom on U.S. soil and “be born of parents who are both U.S. Citizens (100% Jus Saquinis or ‘of the Blood’ of Americans).”
This suggests Laity does not believe President Barack Obama, whose father was a Kenyan citizen, is eligible to be president.