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Once upon a time there was a girl named Jiyad who moved with her family from the country of Ghandia in Africa to Minneapolis. There was a large Ghandian community there and she loved her new life.
She studied hard and fulfilled all the requirements of citizenship and after a few years was sworn in as a bona fide naturalized citizen.
She loved America!
But then she fell in love with a handsome Ghandian man and got married and had to move away from her beloved Minnesota. She went back to Ghandia never to return to America, and raised a family. But she always made sure that she maintained her citizenship in America, and did the necessary paperwork to insure that all her children were citizens as well. Natural born citizens!
She told them that if they were US citizens, then some day they could return to America and become President.
The children believed their mother. Even though none of them traveled to America from Ghandia, they all did whatever they had to do to maintain their US citizenship.
And so it went for six generations- with everyone making sure that their children maintained their status as “natural born” citizens of the United States even though none of them ever went there.
Then one descendant named Gupta many generations later won the West Ghandian lottery (Ghandia had been split into East and West Ghandia after a bloody civil war) and decided to return to America to fulfill his desire to become the American President.
For the first time he went to America using his dusty US Passport that he so cherished. He hired lawyers and, with the help of his multi-billion dollar fortune and the support of the now-sizable Ghandian US population, Gupta and his running mate got on the ballot in all 50 states.
Gupta was soundly beaten in all 50 states, though he carried the Ghandian vote.
Gupta was sad.
Then, in the most horrific terrorist action ever, several days after election all of the candidates and their running mates who had finished in front of Gupta in the general election were assassinated. All of them! The assassins were East Ghandians who had been let into the country by student visas.
Gupta had won the Presidential election and was now President of the United States! He was very happy.
But there was outrage across the country. People were concerned that the origin of his “natural-born” US citizenship was a woman who had quickly left it over one hundred years ago. While all of his ancestors subsequent had maintained their citizenship- and paid taxes-none of them had ever set foot in the country. Gupta was the first!
Amidst the outrage, there was talk of bringing back the Electoral College, but that had been done away with 80 years ago by Constitutional amendment as being a “relic” from a bygone era.
Lawsuits were quickly brought but the Supreme Court upheld Gupta’s election, citing the 2016 Cruz vrs United States decision where “natural-born citizen” was defined as being the offspring of a legal citizen no matter in what country they were born.
Gupta was a happy man!