[104] Duckworth, who is a gun owner herself, cites violence in Chicago as a major influence for her support of gun control. Duckworth said that Barrett's membership in such an organization was "disqualifying and, frankly, insulting to every parent". He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Tragic. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a Thai-American Democrat who lost both of her legs fighting in the Iraq war and is now a potential vice-presidential nominee, was … Senator Mark Kirk for his seat in the 2016 Senate election in Illinois. Please contact the developer of this form processor to improve this message. If, nonetheless, Senator Duckworth were to be named as Slow Joe’s running mate – the Democrats and the mainstream media being unconcerned, not to mention ill-informed, about the issue – look for challenges to her candidacy and a revisiting of the “natural born citizen” issue. Unless and until the U.S. Supreme Court discovers the collective backbone to take up the eligibility question, the issue will continue to fester. Ladda Tammy Duckworth[2] (born March 12, 1968) is an American politician and retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel serving as the junior United States Senator from Illinois since 2017. There was never been a court case to actually settle what "natural born citizen" means. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first.” (Emphasis added). [19] Duckworth also worked as a staff supervisor at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois[23][24] and was the coordinator of the Center for Nursing Research at Northern Illinois University. They briefly lived on public assistance, an experience that resonated with voters when It appears that she is ineligible under the 12th Amendment. [43], On February 3, 2009, Duckworth was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. [53][54] Walsh generated controversy when in July 2012, at a campaign event, he accused Duckworth of politicizing her military service and injuries, saying "my God, that's all she talks about. US Breaking News Headlines – Online Feed – Today, Now Current. [103], Duckworth was rated by the National Rifle Association as having a pro-gun control congressional voting record. [105], Duckworth participated in the 2016 Chris Murphy gun control filibuster. 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Tammy Duckworth gives birth to daughter", "Tammy Duckworth expecting 2nd child; will be 1st sitting senator to give birth", "Tammy Duckworth Becomes First U.S. “It has determined that children born abroad to U.S. parents, subject to some exceptions, are natural-born citizens who do not need to go through the naturalization process. Presently that just means that you either had or would have been eligible for citizenship at birth. [85], Duckworth was publicly critical of Trump's decision to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in September 2020. [81] Shortly afterward, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 463, which Duckworth introduced on April 12, 2018,[82] by unanimous consent. L. Tammy Duckworth was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the daughter of Franklin Duckworth and Lamai Sompornpairin. The family lived in Thailand and Singapore before relocating to Hawaii when she was 16. [63], On June 26, 2013, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Duckworth received national media attention after questioning Strong Castle CEO Braulio Castillo on a $500 million government contract the company had been awarded based on Castillo's disabled veteran status. [62], On April 3, 2013, Duckworth publicly returned 8.4% ($1,218) of her congressional salary for that month to the United States Department of Treasury in solidarity with furloughed government workers. [70], On November 8, Duckworth defeated Kirk 54 percent to 40 percent to win the Senate seat. The server responded with {{status_text}} (code {{status_code}}). She knows a lot about the military, foreign policy, veteran issues and security, obviously. [18], Following in the footsteps of her father, who served in World War II and the Vietnam War,[8] and ancestors who served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War,[9] Duckworth joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps[19] in 1990 as a graduate student at George Washington University. The Illinois Senator’s personal story is inspiring and a model for perseverance and determination to overcome adversity. 2, § 1, Cl. She voiced her opposition to Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. [82][84], On April 15, 2020, the Trump administration invited Duckworth to join a bipartisan task force on the reopening of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So sad we so routinely and foolishly look to a faithless SCOTUS to render faithful opinions–or, as they prefer, “rulings”. Tammy is the first Asian-American woman amputee elected to Congress in Illinois. At some point, could the P&E post a summary status report on the findings and any subsequent legal actions taken + outcomes of those actions of the Cold Case File effort? Ladda Tammy Duckworth[2] (born March 12, 1968) is an American politician and retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel serving as the junior United States Senator from Illinois since 2017. Tammy Duckworth was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Frank and Lamai Duckworth. Her parents were not U.S. citizens…only her parent father was. What r21 said. 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Her mother was of Chinese descent. [73], GovTrack's Report Card on Duckworth for the 115th Congress found that among Senate freshmen, she ranked first in favorably reporting bills out of committee and "Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate freshmen. For the general election, Duckworth was endorsed by EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights. 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But those qualities and characteristics cannot trump or invalidate the language of Art. In 2004 she lost both legs fighting in the Iraq War and is the first senator to give birth while in office.… She was the first female double amputee from the war. Duckworth was born in Bangkok, the daughter of an American development-aid worker and a Thai mother of Chinese descent. There is no other reason why a natural born Citizen IS called a “natural born Citizen” except through a NATURAL event, not a STATUTORY process. [66] Duckworth defeated fellow Democrats Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris in the primary election on March 15, 2016. Duckworth became fluent in Thai and Indonesian, in addition to English. A natural born Citizen can only be achieved naturally – by being born in the country (no foreign lands) to two US citizen parents. [25], Duckworth was working toward a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University, with research interests in the political economy and public health in southeast Asia, when she was deployed to Iraq in 2004. But, whatever the solution may be, we can be sure it won’t be forthcoming for years to come, if at all. The routine audit covered a two-year period, June 2006 to June 2008. Your email address will not be published. [108], Duckworth supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally. [4], According to The Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL), a joint partnership between the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University,[72] Duckworth's "Legislative Effectiveness Score" (LES) is "Exceeds Expectations" as a freshman senator in the 115th Congress (2017–2018), the 11th highest out of 48 Democratic senators. The WaPo article in question is another in a series of opinion pieces by “data analyst and political columnist” David Byler. Duckworth was educated at the University of Hawaii and George Washington University. [27], Former Republican presidential candidate and Senator from Kansas Bob Dole dedicated his autobiography One Soldier's Story in part to Duckworth. [127], In August 2020, Duckworth told NPR in an interview that she is homeschooling her children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [120] Duckworth credits Dole for inspiring her to pursue public service, while she recuperated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; although, in 2006, Dole endorsed Duckworth's Republican opponent, Peter Roskam. Section 212 of de Vattel’s treatise provides, in relevant part, that “natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”  Stated otherwise, to be a natural born citizen, one must be born on the soil of the birth country to two parents who are already citizens of that country. Joaquin Phoenix – The actor was born in Puerto Rico to parents who were U.S. citizens. [82][84], Duckworth served in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran. [78] The Veterans Service Organization and Paralyzed Veterans of America recognized Duckworth's leadership in defending the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2013 she became the first Asian American Congresswoman from Illinois. Most notably the Purple Heart, an award her marine father had also received. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. [12] She graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and later received a Master of Arts in international affairs from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. The modifier words “natural born” preceding “citizen” are no where to be found within any current citizenship laws in the USA. [71] Duckworth and Kamala Harris, who was also elected in 2016, are the second and third female Asian American senators, after Mazie Hirono who was elected in 2012. [97], During her unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2006, Duckworth called on Congress to audit the estimated $437 billion spent on overseas military and foreign aid since September 11, 2001. (g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years: Provided, That any periods of honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or periods of employment with the United States Government or with an international organization as that term is defined in section 288 of title 22 by such citizen parent, or any periods during which such citizen parent is physically present abroad as the dependent unmarried son or daughter and a member of the household of a person (A) honorably serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, or (B) employed by the United States Government or an international organization as defined in section 288 of title 22, may be included in order to satisfy the physical-presence requirement of this paragraph. Senator to Give Birth While in Office", "Duckworth, Pitcher honored along with all women veterans in Mt. So there are two ways to become a natural born U.S. citizen: Be born inside the United States. [3] Despite her grievous injuries, she sought and obtained a medical waiver that allowed her to continue serving in the Illinois Army National Guard until she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2014. [92] At the 2020 convention she called President Trump "coward-in-chief" for not supporting the American military.[93][94]. 4, 2020) — Although it pains your faithful servant – grievously – to sully this post with a link to the electronic pages of The Washington (“Propaganda-Thrives-in-Darkness”) Post, once again the issue of presidential eligibility raises its head in connection with the potential candidacy of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth as a vice-presidential running-mate for Slow Joe Biden. "[74] GovTrack also found that in the first session of the 116th Congress, Duckworth ranked first in favorably reporting bills out of committee and "Got influential cosponsors the most often compared to Senate sophomores. His series has addressed a number of rumored Biden vice-presidential candidates, including, to name a few, Kamala Harris (also constitutionally ineligible; Amy Klobuchar (out, too many George Floyd tragedy skeletons; Tammy Baldwin (who?) Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A Democrat, she has held Barack Obama's old senate seat since 2017. [99], In October 2006, The Sunday Times reported that Duckworth agreed with General Sir Richard Dannatt, the British Army chief, that the presence of coalition troops was exacerbating the conflict in Iraq. Most people interpret it to mean you are a American citizen at birth, there are some out there who argue it means that you were born in America. [34], In 2009, two Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs employees at the Anna Veterans' Home in Union County filed a lawsuit against Duckworth. Here is the extract that I copied from https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1401 of 8 U.S.C. [3] The explosion severely broke her right arm and tore tissue from it, necessitating major surgery to repair it. 2, … She lost her both legs in Iraq in 2004 when falling a fireball at the knee and the first double amputee in the war. There is no other reference book extant at that time that contains that definition. [36] Duckworth was represented in the suit by the Illinois Attorney General's office. A “Natural Born Citizen” is one born IN the United States to parents who are BOTH Citizens of the U.S. As a preliminary matter, for those who continue to argue that the question of who is – and more importantly who is not – eligible to the presidency as a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution is irrelevant, just remember that much of the chaos the nation is now experiencing was originally set in motion by another individual whose constitutional bona fides – even today – remain in question: Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the Second Usurper-in-Chief (“SUC”) of the United States. Ladda Tammy Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand, to a mother of Chinese heritage and a father of British descent. The plural form of the verbs accompanying “children” and “citizens” are used with those nouns in the article. [38] The plaintiffs later indicated they no longer wanted to settle, but the judge gave them 21 days to sign the settlement and canceled the trial. 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A member of the Democratic Party, she represented Illinois's 8th district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. 1428, 140 L.Ed.2d 575 (1998) (SCALIA, J., concurring in judgment) (recognizing that “Congress has the power to set the requirements for acquisition of citizenship by persons not born within the territory of the United States”). 8USC1401 is NOT relevant to the ‘natural born citizen’ clause of the Constitution. [121], Duckworth is married to Bryan Bowlsbey. 8 U.S.C. [17] She began a PhD program at Northern Illinois University, which was interrupted by her war service. You can find that definition at http://constitution.org/vattel/vattel_01.htm#%C2%A7%20212.%20Citizens%20and%20natives in the second sentence of the first paragraph of section 212. I don’t know what the solution is to such a problem. [4] She is the first Thai American woman elected to Congress, the first person born in Thailand elected to Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress, the first female double amputee in the Senate, and the first senator to give birth while in office. [87], Duckworth has spoken at the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, Democratic National Conventions. Her American father, who died in 2005, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who traced his family's roots in America back to before the Revolutionary War; her mother, a native of Thailand, is of Chinese ancestry. [48] Duckworth was also endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Fraternal Order of Police. Tammy Duckworth was born in a country other than the United States, to one non-American parent and one American parent. Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, defeating Republican incumbent Mark Kirk. [119], Duckworth is heavily decorated for her service in Iraq, with over 10 distinct military honors. [76] Specifically, she led public opposition to a controversial bill, H.R. [45] As Assistant Secretary, she coordinated a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help end Veteran homelessness, worked to address the unique challenges faced by female as well as Native American Veterans and created the Office of Online Communications to improve the VA's accessibility, especially among young Veterans. Should be nothing less than 0-9 decision. The couple married in 1993 and has two daughters. and far better. §§ 1401(c), (d), (g).”. Her father was unemployed for a time, and the family relied on public assistance. [11] Her father worked with the United Nations and international companies in refugee, housing, and development programs,[12] and the family moved around Southeast Asia. [79], In January 2018, when the federal government shut down after the Senate could not agree on a funding bill, Duckworth responded to President Trump's accusations that the Democrats were putting "unlawful immigrants" ahead of the military: .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible. She is NOT an Article II eligible Natural Born Citizen. "[109], In May 2010, Duckworth was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) by Northern Illinois University. She acknowledged the mistake and repaid the state for the use of the van. She was a Girl Scout, and earned her First Class, now called the Gold Award[16]. 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