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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-24-09 08:18 AM
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False: Obama was adopted by his stepfather and was therefore a citizen of Indonesia
US Department of State/US Department of Homeland Security:

- President Obama was born in Hawaii and is a U.S. "natural born" citizen and is eligible to serve as the United States President, pursuant to the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5.

- President Obama is not an illegal alien and has never been a citizen of Indonesia.

- President Obama never was adopted by Lolo Soetoro.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Case No. 1:08-CV-02234 (RJL)
Strunk v. US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-24-09 03:30 PM
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1. Statement by immigration lawyer, 7/24/09

McCain Campaign Investigated, Dismissed Obama Citizenship Rumors
Frivolous 'Birther' Lawsuits Fuel Conspiracy Theories, Media Coverage

By David Weigel 7/24/09 8:38 AM


After the DNC requested a dismissal of Bergs lawsuit, he responded in a Sept. 29, 2008 filing that cited numerous Internet rumors and incorrect citations of American and international law. Berg cited Wikipedia Italian version and Rainbow Edition News Letter as evidence that Obama had not been clear about which hospital he was born in; he alleged that Obama must have been adopted by Lolo Soetoro, the Indonesian man who married Obamas mother when the future president was five years old, because he attended elementary school in that country. Because a contemporary school record referred to Obama as Barry Soetoro and listed his nationality as Indonesian, Berg argued that there was absolutely no way Obama could have ever regained natural born status.

Thats just completely wrong, said Mitzi Torri, an Arizona-based immigration lawyer. Torri pointed to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which sets a high bar for renunciation of American citizenship. According to the INA, an American can only forfeit his citizenship if he commits treason, if he makes a formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state, or if he becomes a citizen of another country upon his own application or upon an application filed by a duly authorized agent.

Berg wants to say, said Torri, that this document from a school in Indonesia, which has no signature, which has no standing whatsoever, is more important than Obamas birth certificate or our immigration law.
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