Is Sen. Kamala Harris eligible to be president?

April 9, 2019 GMT

One must be a “natural-born citizen” to be an American president. Who “is” and who “is not” a natural-born citizen has been an issue since Chester A. Arthur was elected president. Most recently, it was an issue with then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.

I said years ago, when I petitioned our government on two separate occasions, after Obama was elected for his second term, to look into this matter, knowing that the issue would come up again if something wasn’t done about it. I did not receive the required signatures on either petition for it to be posted in public on the website for all Americans to see. I also asked our Supreme Court for its definition of a natural-born citizen. They told me they would reply, but they never did.

There have been numerous attempts by Congress to either delete the requirement that one must be a natural-born citizen to be president or to define and relax the definition of a natural-born citizen to include more citizens. All attempts have failed.


Our Constitution is not a dictionary. Therefore no definition was given as to who is a natural-born citizen. We do know that our framers used Vattel’s “Law of Nations” as a guide when writing our Constitution. Vattel said natural-born citizens “are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.” As a constitutionalist, I believe the definition of a natural-born citizen is one who was born on American soil of two parents who were American citizens at the time of their birth.

Based on the information I have found, neither of Sen. Kamala Harris’ parents were American citizens at the time of her birth. Therefore, I believe it is impossible for her to be a natural-born citizen, which is one of the requirements to be president. (She was born in Oakland, Calif.).

Darrell Williams Sr. lives in McAllen.