Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to challenge the Constitutional law prohibiting foreign-born citizens from becoming president of the United States in an effort to run in 2016, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
The Austrian-born actor and former Republican Governor of California is lobbying support to change the law. Any amendment to the Constitution must meet the approval of two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules,” a source told Page Six.
Schwarzenegger, 66, became a naturalized citizen in 1983. He is currently in New York City to promote his new Sylvester Stallone film “Escape Plan.”
Jay Leno recently asked the actor on the “Tonight Show” if he would run for president if the Constitution was amended.
“Without any doubt,” he said.
In a 2004 interview on “Meet the Press” he said: “I think that, you know, times have changed. I think this is now a much more global economy. I think there's so many people here in this country that are now from overseas, that are immigrants, that are doing such a terrific job with the work, bringing businesses here and all this, that there's no reason why not."
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, brought the issue before the committee in 2004 to discuss exactly why the founding fathers would limit the Constitution in this way.
The New York Times described the hearing as “one-sided.”
"It is time for us, the elected representatives of this nation of immigrants, to begin the process that can result in removing this artificial, outdated, unnecessary and unfair barrier," said Hatch.