Allow Internationally Adopted Kids To Become President

Allow Internationally Adopted Kids To Become President

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Young children are often taught that with enough hard work and dedication they can be anything they want. But, for internationally adopted children, like us, this is not the case.

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution states that in order to run for president one must be a “natural born citizen.” This clause can be quite confusing, but what it means is, you must be born in America or born abroad to American citizen to be eligable for president of the United States. This prevents kids who were adopted internationally from becoming president, even if they meet all other requirements. This is why we are proposing a change to the constitution to allow kids who were adopted internationally at or below the age of ten to be able to have big dreams and know that they can be anything they want.

The truth is, the US constitition was written before international adoption even existed. When our founding fathers wrote the constition they didn't realize the ways in which our country could grow due to adoption. But, now that we live in a world where thousands of international adoptees have become US citizens, this rule doesn't make sense. We were all adopted at a young age, we have grown up in American households, we went to American schools, learned of American history, and are just as much American as any other kid. International adoptees may have a different birthplace, but they are just as American as any other person and should be able to run for president.

Consider a couple, with a love for the US, who immigrated with an infant child to the states. Then, a year later had another child in America. That second baby would be eligible to run for president, yet his or her sibling would not. Both siblings are raised by the same parents in the same house with the same love of the U.S. and yet just because the first child was born in a foreign country they will no longer be allowed to dream big.

There are thousands of international adoptees who are just as much an American as anyone else, and with your help they can finally know that anything is possible.

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