Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Full American Citizenship for Naturalized Citizens
A Campaign Initiated by John Yinger


Campaign for Full American Citizenship for Foreign-born AdopteesForeign-born adoptees who are naturalized as American citizens when they are babies or young children have all the rights of American citizenship -- except for one right of great symbolic importance: They are not eligible to be President of the United States. This page of my web site is dedicated to correcting this unfair situation, that is, to obtaining full American citizenship for foreign-born adoptees and other naturalized citizens. If you want to help with this campaign or have comments on it, please send me an e-mail at


Replace the first part of the Presidential eligibility clause in the Constitution with the following:

No person except one who has been a citizen of the United States for at least thirty-five years shall be eligible to the office of President;


Related Sites

Two sites with extensive information about adoption  



Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics