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Our son was born in West Berlin, Germany, in the 1970s in a German hospital (not in an army base hospital, as we had no affiliation with the military). We had always assumed that, although he was immediately considered an American citizen and traveled back to the U.S. with a seven-week old photo in his American passport, he could never become President of the U.S. because of his foreign birth. Lately, however, there have been many discussions that have cast doubt on this assumption. Could you clarify this for us? Also, could you elaborate on the original reasons for this restriction? We had heard that those writing the Constitution were worried that someone born in the Caribbean or Europe might seek to become President but without the desired commitment to this new country, but we're unsure whether this is accurate.


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