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If a Constitutional Amendment were to be proposed and passed, what do you think it would be?

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Many people believe that the 28th Amendment should be the so-called Schwarzenegger Amendment (a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria and who many people thought or still think should run as a Republican candidate for President), which would allow foreign-born people to become President (if they have become American citizens and fulfill the other requirements to be President). As of now, the Constitution states that a candidate for the presidency has to be a "natural born citizen," which means someone born with American citizenship. The idea to change this requirement has been proposed in the Congress many times over the years, even going back to the 1800s, but it has not passed. The Founders of the country and Constitution permitted foreign-born people to run for the presidency if they had been become naturalized American citizens by 1787, the year the Constitution was ratified. 

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