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    Sen. John McCain was born on Aug. 29, 1936, on a U.S. Naval air station in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was posted. McCain's birthplace surfaced as an issue during his 2008 presidential candidacy, but a 1937 law granting citizenship to anyone born in Panama to a U.S. citizen was made the issue null.
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    George Romney, former Michigan governor and father of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was born in the Mexican State of Chihuahua on July 8, 1907. George Romney's parents were American citizens and polygamous Mormons who fled the U.S. for a Mexican Mormon colony when their American Mormon Church rejected polygamy.
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    Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state to President Clinton, became a naturalized U.S. citizen while she was in college. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on May 15, 1937, Albright immigrated to the U.S. at age 11. Albright described the experience of coming to America on the SS America as it "steamed around the Statue of Liberty into New York Harbor."
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    Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers and the first secretary of the Treasury, was born on the island of Nevis, in the British West Indies. Hamilton was offspring of French native Rachel Fawcett Lavine and Scottish trader James Hamilton. At age 16, he left home and traveled to America where he settled on the east coast.
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    Henry Kissinger, who served as the 56th secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford, was born on May 27, 1923, in Fuerth, Germany. Kissinger and his family, who were Jewish, left the Nazi controlled country in part because of growing anti-Semitism. Kissinger came to the United States at age 15 and became a naturalized citizen five years later.
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    Carlos M. Gutierrez, a Cuban immigrant, served as the 35th secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bush. In the 1960s, Gutierrez and his family fled Havana, soon after Fidel Castro came to power. Like many other Cuban exiles, the 6-year -old Gutierrez and his family landed in Miami Beach. They then moved to New York City and ultimately settled in Mexico City.
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    Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. , D-Md., is somewhat of an international nomad. Born on Jan. 10, 1959, in Karachi, Pakistan, Chris Van Hollen is the son of Foreign Service Officer Christopher Van Hollen and State Department specialist on South Asian affairs Eliza Farnsworth Van Hollen. Though he was born in Pakistan, Van Hollen has also lived in Turkey, Sri Lanka and India.
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