December 17, 2018 | Professor Derek Muller is quoted in the Honolulu Star Advertiser article, “Tulsi Gabbard’s birthplace could create political fodder in national campaign.” The article considers congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who was born in American Samoa, and the constitutional question of what it means to be a natural born citizen. Gabbard is considering running for United States president.
Excerpt via the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
Gabbard needed only one of her parents to be a U.S. citizen to gain automatic citizenship. But the question, if she’s to run for president, is not whether she is a citizen, but whether she’s a “natural-born citizen,” the definition of which is a matter of legal debate.
“She is, no question, a citizen at the moment of her birth under U.S. law,” said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University Law School who specializes in election law. “The real question that arises is about whether or not you have to be born on U.S. soil, and not only that, on U.S. soil where citizenship sort of flows from merely being born on that soil.”
The complete article may be found here