No U.S. president has been born outside the United States. Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Canada. The U.S. Constitution is explicit that to serve as president the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States.

The issue surfaced relative to Sen. Barry Goldwater. The senator was born Jan. 2, 1909, in the U.S. territory that became the 48th state, Arizona, on Feb. 14, 1912. Another incident cropped up in 2008 on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s eligibility. His situation also seemed an unlikely legal liability since he was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, a U.S. territory.

Cruz’s birthplace is more a constitutional issue that can be interpreted legally as a detriment to his eligibility to assume the presidency. Canada never has been a U.S. territory or under U.S. control.

Reputable experts in constitutional law already are voicing concern that Cruz is ineligible to hold the office of the president. Democrats affirmed they will seek recourse to bar Cruz from assuming the office should he win the presidency. The nation could be in limbo, affecting adversely its ability to execute international affairs, conduct foreign policy, carry out executive and administrative orders and bringing possible mayhem to financial markets.

It is incumbent on the good senator to reconcile now a statutory remedy to resolve this issue so that voters can know with clarity his eligibility to serve as president.

Jerry W. Doyle

retired federal employee

Alexandria