Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
11 months ago

Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz has hired lawyers to help him get rid of his Canadian citizenship, the Republican from Texas told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published online Saturday night.

"I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship," he said, adding he expects the process to be completed in 2014.

His office also confirmed the decision to CNN.

Cruz has said in the past he planned to renounce his citizenship, but his latest remarks represent concrete steps he's taking to actively do so.

The first-term senator has said before that he wasn't aware he was still legally tied to Canada until the Dallas newspaper raised the issue in August, quoting legal experts who said the potential presidential candidate was technically a dual citizen.

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father.

United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen.

But, like in the U.S., Canada's laws state that anyone born inside its borders automatically becomes a Canadian citizen.

"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter," Cruz said in a statement in August.

Cruz told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley at the time he would attempt to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

"Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American," he said.

Cruz told the Dallas Morning News that the topic came up when he met last month with real estate titan Donald Trump, who was known as one of the leading voices in the "birther" movement that questioned whether President Barack Obama was a U.S. citizen.

Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, proving that he was born in Hawaii and largely putting to rest speculation about his citizenship.

Cruz did not go into detail about the meeting with Trump, saying only that the topic was not discussed in "any significant respect."

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately return a request for comment about Trump's conversation with Cruz.


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soundoff (821 Responses)
  1. just saying

    ted cruz is such a great guy that two countries want to claim him as their own! lucky for us he considers himself an american. he is actually a great american!

    December 29, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. sam o'brien

    O.K. So he denounces his Canadian citizenship. His birth certificate still states that he was born in Canada. Last I checked, Canada is still a foreign country. If he's doing this to run for President of the United States, wouldn't he have as much of a chance as Arnold Schwarzenegger?

    December 29, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Agnostickids

    Um…it doesn't make a difference whether or not he drops his Canadian citizenship now – he had that opportunity years ago and he decided that Canada might be better than America. He cannot be an American President – it's against the law, regardless of what he does now to change his status.

    December 29, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Dana

    Let's give this buffoon back to Canada...aye?

    December 29, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. TexanWarrior

    Good on ya' Ted. At least you've been forthcoming in the whole matter - unlike other certain elected officials.

    December 29, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Paul

    Better keep that Canadian citizenship, mr. Cruz. You have a better chance of being premier of Canada then you do the president of the USA.

    December 29, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Bill

    What Mr. Cruz does not tell you is that for the first four years of his life he received all of his medical care under the Canadian Medical System. As well as his mother's stay in the hospital and presumably follow-up Medical care.

    Something for Mr. Cruz to think about. Maybe he should pay back the people of Canada for all of his an family's care.

    December 29, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. MiaRW

    And Canada happily says "Good riddance".....

    December 29, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Neo Agnostic

    Still won't vote for him. The man is a far greater danger to the US than Obama.

    December 29, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. D. Johnson

    Thank God. Hopefully, he's never associated with my country again.

    December 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. fastrack

    He's CANADIAN, despite renouncing Canada. Canada should renounce Cruz. Jerks can be born anywhere, Trump is proof of that. Ted was BORN IN CANADA.

    December 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. charles

    Canadian, causing chaos on American soil? This guy doesn't care, he will run away one time!!

    December 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. fallujah_baby

    It's too late Ted. You're one of us, eh.

    December 29, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. sam111

    No! Drop his US citizenship!!! He's a detriment to our society!

    December 29, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Canadian

    Wow... ummm... you guys can keep him... guh...

    December 29, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. 2020

    Canada gladly to drop off this man.

    There is no better place for him than Texas, staying inside the long horn ranch.

    December 29, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. JoeyE

    you BORN in Canada therefore you will not BE president of USA, so please go away....

    December 29, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Chris

    Wow, if the current state of the U.S is better than Canada..................

    December 29, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. yerkiddinright

    You'll never be President so it really doesn't matter.

    December 29, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. MysticYat

    LOL, as if renouncing it will make it go away..... Oh, wait, he's a Tea Partier, so that means the questions, doubts and conspiracies don't apply to him........

    December 29, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. CB FL

    I guess he plans on keeping his Cuba citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. bil

    Beautiful country Canada, please go back and stay there.

    December 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. shaun

    So if President Obama was really born in Kenya the birther movement is still moot because no one questions his mother or her citizenship. So doesn't that end the debate???

    December 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Charles

    Good news for Canada. Sure there will be celebrations north of the border. US will try to block it.

    December 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. JustSaying2u

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen. " That may be true, though I have some doubts, but, on this, I'm clear: Per the Constitution of the United States, one needs to be NATIVE BORN to be President. I suppose "The Donald" likely mentioned this to Cruz, but, it would take an amazing statement of hypocrisy for Trump and other Birthers to suddenly say Cruz is eligible to be POTUS.

    December 29, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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