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Why John McCain Was a Citizen at Birth
Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2008)
  • Stephen E. Sachs
Abstract
Senator John McCain was born a citizen in 1936. Professor Gabriel J. Chin challenges this view in this Symposium, arguing that McCain’s birth in the Panama Canal Zone (while his father was stationed there by the Navy) fell into a loophole in the governing statute. The best historical evidence, however, suggests that this loophole is an illusion and that McCain is a "natural born Citizen" eligible to be president.
Keywords
  • John McCain,
  • citizenship,
  • Panama Canal Zone,
  • statutory interpretation
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Stephen E. Sachs. "Why John McCain Was a Citizen at Birth" Michigan Law Review First Impressions Vol. 107 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_sachs/5/