Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We have been doing an occasional series on the immigration histories of the various presidential candidates. And we have uncovered some troubling news -- that explains a lot -- about one candidate who has been accused of being soft on immigration.
Senator and Presidential Candidate John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 in Panama at the Coco Solo Air Base in the then American-controlled Panama Canal Zone to Admiral John S. "Jack" McCain, Jr. and Roberta (Wright) McCain.
Although McCain was not born within a state of the United States, his U.S. citizenship (and future eligibility to be elected President) as a technical legal matter was assured at birth both by jus sanguinis, since both of his parents were U.S. citizens, and jus soli, as the Canal Zone was at that time a United States possession.
Besides being born outside the 50 states, McCain has immigrant ancestors!!!!! The McCain family origins are Scotch-Irish. His great-aunt was a descendant of Robert the Bruce, an early Scottish king. John Young, an early McCain ancestor, served on Gen. George Washington's staff. After the family moved to Mississippi, a number of McCain's ancestors fought in the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. Source (for this paragraph): Arizona Republic.
We will let you know if these immigration relevations will compel John McCain to withdraw from the Presidential race. But do not hold your breath. :)