(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.
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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.
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!
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?
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.
Let's give this buffoon back to Canada...aye?
Good on ya' Ted. At least you've been forthcoming in the whole matter - unlike other certain elected officials.
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.
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.
And Canada happily says "Good riddance".....
Still won't vote for him. The man is a far greater danger to the US than Obama.
Thank God. Hopefully, he's never associated with my country again.
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.
Canadian, causing chaos on American soil? This guy doesn't care, he will run away one time!!
It's too late Ted. You're one of us, eh.
No! Drop his US citizenship!!! He's a detriment to our society!
Wow... ummm... you guys can keep him... guh...
Canada gladly to drop off this man.
There is no better place for him than Texas, staying inside the long horn ranch.
you BORN in Canada therefore you will not BE president of USA, so please go away....
Wow, if the current state of the U.S is better than Canada..................
You'll never be President so it really doesn't matter.
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........
I guess he plans on keeping his Cuba citizenship.
Beautiful country Canada, please go back and stay there.
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???
Good news for Canada. Sure there will be celebrations north of the border. US will try to block it.
"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.