As the son of naturalized American citizens, I really appreciated this story from a guest blogger on The Agitator. My own citizenship is derived, as I was a minor when my parents were naturalized, but I distinctly remember going with my parents to the ceremony in Atlanta, GA where they took the oath and became American citizens. I have had to explain the idea of “derived” citizenship a number of times, including to investigators for security clearances who had never heard of it.
And no, it doesn’t make me a “natural born” citizen, so I could never run for president. Somehow that doesn’t bother me!