The Immigration Reform and Control Act was signed by President Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986.
All employees, citizens and noncitizens, hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Is there an exemption in that law for the President of the United States?
Is the President of the United States above the law?
Does the President of the United States work in the United States?
Who is the employer of the President of the United States ?
We the people of the United States.
As the President’s employer, we have “standing” to expect our employee to follow the law and fill out a Form I-9.
Note these two questions and answers from the FAQ:
Do citizens and nationals of the U. S. need to prove, to their employers, they are eligible to work?
Yes. While citizens and nationals of the U.S. are automatically eligible for employment, they too must present proof of employment eligibility and identity and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9). Citizens of the U.S. include persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Nationals of the U.S. include persons born in American Samoa, including Swains Island.
Do I need to complete a Form I-9 for everyone who applies for a job with my company?
No. You need to complete Form I-9 only for people you actually hire. For purposes of the I-9 rules, a person is “hired” when he or she begins to work for you for wages or other compensation.
So, according to that, the I-9 is not required for everyone who applies for the job of POTUS, but is required of the POTUS when he or she begins to work for us.
Now, at first glance, this would seem like very good news for anyone who would like to see verification of Obama’s true birth certificate. I fully understand that regardless of where Obama was born he was not born a Natural [Law] born citizen, because by Natural Law, natural born citizens are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. Obama is not a natural born citizen because his father was a British citizen at the time of Obama’s birth. That’s been discussed at length previously.
But if Obama cannot produce a valid birth certificate from the State of Hawaii (vs. a forged COLB from his campaign headquarters), then he would fail to prove even basic citizenship, let alone natural born citizenship. So again, this would seem to be very good news for anyone who would like to see verification of Obama’s true birth certificate.
But unfortunately, Obama could satisfy the I-9 requirements with the passport he was issued as a senator, and a recent GAO report reveals that one undercover GAO investigator was able to obtain four passports under four different names. The passports were genuine but the supporting documents used to apply for these passports were counterfeit.
So even a passport for Obama would not prove that authentic documents were used to obtain that passport.
But perhaps the combination of the requirements from the Immigration Reform and Control Act (documents required) and from the Constitution (natural born citizenship required) can be used to require the verification of Obama’s original birth certificate. This doesn’t address the issue of Obama’s admitted British citizenship at birth (becuase he was legally subject to the British Nationality Act due to his father’s British citizenship), but if Obama can’t prove he was born in this country, then he is ineligible for that reason, too.
Now this is a completely different topic, but there is something else that many employers require of their new employees:
a drug screen.
UPDATE 2009-08-08: Earlier I said:
But unfortunately, Obama could satisfy the I-9 requirements with the passport he was issued as a senator
Now, while that is true in terms of satisfied the I-9 requirements, the I-9 merely confirms U.S. Citizenship, and does not confirm that someone is a Natural Born Citizen. Even naturalized U.S. citizens can have a passport. That brings us back to the need for Obama to release, directly from the State of Hawaii, a certified copy of his original birth certificate.