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There are 4 ways ...

... to become a "US citizen:"

(1) Natural born citizen -- this is an individual who is born within the jurisdiction of the United States AND both parents are also US citizens. This class obtains citizenship at the common law.

(2) Citizen at birth -- this is an individual who is born within the jurisdiction of the United States REGARDLESS of the citizenship of one or both parents. This is due to the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment. This is the "anchor baby" phenomenon. If an individual is born on US soil, then they are "US citizens" at birth, regardless of parents' citizenship. This class obtains citizenship by way of the 14th Amendment. They are US citizens, but not natural born citizens.

(3) Naturalized by law -- this is an individual who is born outside of US jurisdiction but who is granted citizenship at birth due to law. Because Congress is granted the constitutional authority to make naturalization laws, they have passed several statutes that relate to granting blanket citizenship to classes of individuals who would not otherwise be "US citizens" because they are not born within US jurisdiction. These statues are found in Title 8. One example is an individual born overseas to a US serviceman. Not born on US soil, they are not US citizens under the common law or the 14th Amendment. This class obtains citizenship at birth by act of Congress. They are US citizens at birth, but not natural born citizens.

(4) Naturalized by application -- this is an individual who is born outside US jurisdiction, moves to the US and, as an adult, applies for US citizenship. This class obtains citizenship by act of Congress, but only if they abide by the application process. They become US citizens, but are not citizens at birth and are not natural born citizens.

All 4 are "US citizens," but only the first type is a "natural born citizen."

Many people confuse the term "citizen" with "natural born citizen." They are not the same thing. All NBC's are US citizens, but not all US citizens are NBC's.

Many people also confuse the concept of naturalization by application with naturalization by law. The first type must formally request citizenship as an adult, while the other is granted citizenship at birth, and is a "US citizen" at birth (but not a NBC).

The founding fathers granted their generation an exemption since none of their parents were born on US soil (US jurisdiction) because back then they were all born British.

John McCain -- born in Panama to US serviceman, he is a US citizen due to naturalization by law. He is not a natural born citizen.

Mitt Romney -- born in the US to parents who were both US citizens. He is a natural born citizen.

George Romney (Mitt's father) -- born in Mexico to parents who were both US citizens. He was a US citizen due to naturalization by law. He was not a natural born citizen.

Ted Cruz -- born in Canada to a US citizen mother and non-citizen father. He is a US citizen due to naturalization by law. He is not a natural born citizen.

Marco Rubio -- born in the US to parents who were not US citizens. He is a US citizen at birth due to the 14th Amendment. He is not a natural born citizen.

Barack Obama -- unknown. Because it is not a right to run for president, but a privilege, one must pass the constitutional requirements to be eligible, including being a natural born citizen. The burden of proof is on he who makes the claim. The only evidence he has ever presented was proven to be a fake birth certificate, and even that showed his father was not a US citizen. Rumor has it he became an Indonesian citizen and used that status for student loans at US colleges. He has not provided any evidence that he is a natural born citizen and, therefore, is not eligible to hold the office and all acts of his are unconstitutional. But a corrupt government will do nothing about it.

The only US Supreme Court case that mentions natural born citizen (Minor vs. Happersett) states that born on US soil to 2 US parents was always understood to be a natural born citizen. It also states that other types of birth conditions have been claimed to be natural born citizens, but there has been dispute regarding those.

Until someone acting as, or running for, the office of president can prove they are eligible (which would require a SCOTUS decision), the default position is that they are not.