It’s one of those laws that makes you wonder why it’s there in the first instance.
No other elected American office discriminates against foreign-born citizens. One can be a foreign-born citizen and be governor, Senator, representative, etc. - or Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which is not an elected position but is quite powerful; same with Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
If people are worried about the patriotism of foreign-born citizens, perhaps we should rethink the citizenship requirements rather than discriminate for one elected office.[/quote]
The rule was put there to prevent the English (or other foreigners with delusions of grandeur) from coming over here and gaining politcal control in the new United States.
I think that the rule has outlived its purpose, and should be removed.