There is a report circling the web among birthers that originated from The Daily Pen in March 2012, that says:
- a consular officer granted statutory US citizenship to a foreign born child in the Kenyan region of Africa. The child was born in the same timeframe as Obama.
If a US citizen has a child born outside of the US, then his/her child is automatically a US citizen. A consular officer will issue the Consular Report of Birth Abroad which grants the child citizenship.
Here are the first three paragraphs of the article.
A recently discovered rare immigration record found by researchers working on behalf of an ongoing investigation into the Constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of the U.S. presidency reveals that an American consular officer issued a single Certificate of Citizenship to only one passenger arriving in the U.S. from the Kenyan region of Africa between July and December of 1961.
The record shows demographic and status classifications for a passenger who was explicitly recorded at the INS Arrival Inspection Station as an individual being born to a U.S. citizen parent arriving from the Kenyan region of Africa between July 1st and December 31st, 1961.
This information and the dates of its documentation are disturbing given the rare nature of the issuance of certificates of citizenship for children who acquire their citizenship by birth to incoming U.S. citizens in this particular region of Africa.