Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
4 years 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. Chuck Hudson

    Oh how I wish he had decided to renounce his U. S citizenship instead. What incredibly good riddance that would be.

    December 29, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. pjs

    Our gain,your loss. Keep Bieber as well.

    December 29, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. realbkw

    Soooo, will that save us from a Cruz presidential race? Or does the fact he had US citizenship cover it?

    December 29, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Dan McCullough

    Cruz was BORN in Canada.. but then he has the brass to actually try and get the American public to believe this...

    "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"

    December 29, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Courtney

    Being a citizen of Canada I can wholeheartly say to you mr Cruz, "THANK YOU FOR THE BELATED CHRISTMAS PRESENT!"

    December 29, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Dave

    Next, he'll say he wasn't BORN in Canada and it was some sort of "technicality". Pal, you were BORN in Calgary, which has always been in Canada, and you LIVED there for 4 YEARS, not 4 minutes. Like it or not, you can't make up where you were born.

    December 29, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. MaRGE

    Oh dear so he's an American citizen tho born in Canada, I know I know his mother was American, but even tho President Obama was BORN IN THE US STATE OF HAWAII Cruz and lot of others said he wasn't an American. Oh folks we get it, we get it, a republican is OK, but a Democrat isn't.

    December 29, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Peace

    Cruz shut down the US government, which showed there is nothing for him to lead here. He was born on the soil of Canada. He better renounce US citizenship instead.

    December 29, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. scootfl78

    If Cruz does run for President, hopefully nobody in their right mind votes for this bigoted clown. There were over 500,000 likes for a Facebook page to bring the racist homophobe Phil Robertson back on the air, so it looks like there are enough bigoted clowns to make him feel pretty confident (and judging by this article, the cable news networks love to root for the evil that exists in Ted Cruz).

    December 29, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Joanna

    I'm Canadian so I say: good riddance. He's too crazy to succeed here anyway.

    December 29, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. neil

    I'll make Ted Cruz a trade !!!!!.. .saves him a lot of legal fees..

    December 29, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Steve S

    LOL, yeah....Canada can't get rid of Cruz fast enough!?

    December 29, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. theman

    It is curious that it has taken this long for him to put forward that he is taking affirmative steps to renounce Canadian citizenship. To have taken this long may be an indication that there is some question of whether he can satisfy the requirements of the process to do so. He has to demonstrate to a Canadian magistrate that he would not be left without citizenship in another country if his petition for renouncement were granted. He may be in a position where he is not able to produce documentation that he meets the legal requirements of US citizenship. If his mother had not lived in the US for a specified period of time proceeding his birth, or if there is not sufficient documentation to demonstrate that she did, he may not be able to show that he is a US citizen under US law at the time of his birth, and he may not have his petition granted by a Canadian magistrate. If that is the case, he is a Canadian citizen and does not have US citizenship, and he would be in the US illegally. Naturally, that would lead to him having to vacate his senate seat for lack of qualification to hold it. How weird would that be? He is a US senator, one of the most power wielding individuals in the country, if he hasn't been able wrangle his legal team to take care of this by now, it raises eyebrows.

    December 29, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Rob

    Cruz is constitutionally prohibited from running for President of the USA. Unlike Obama, who was actually born in America, Cruz was born in a foreign country. He's admitted it, and it's documented. CASE CLOSED.

    December 29, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Jason

    glad he is no longer a canadian, seems a bit off in his way of thinking

    December 29, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. rs

    Mr. Cruz should hedge his bets- he might get tossed from the U.S. one day with his government shutdowns and anti-American behavior. He might need that Canadian citizenship. He might have to go to Russia like Snowden otherwise.

    December 29, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Oneslydragon

    The simple fact that he was born in Canada disqualifies him. Natural born maybe interpreted many ways but there was a reason they added natural born citizen, to avoid the possibility of what was not unheard of in the old world, a citizen of one country born in another that was in a ruling position deciding his/her place of birth was more important.
    The additional fact he has maintained that citizen ship thru life and suddenly has a shot, hahahahahaha only in a teabaggers dream, of becoming president he believes he wacko followers will persuade the rest of the country the constitution does not matter here.
    third, his daddy fought with Castro left because he was not happy with Fidel, are we certain of that? As the right LOVES to say, can we take that chance? heaven forbid a democrat or independent had the same demographics. They would already be screaming no way Jose, haha get it.... Rush and Fox and the rest of the hate mongering gangs would be gathering his lemmings and racing with Satan to stop the candidate.

    December 29, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. airjackie

    After two years of attacking an American born President it seems Senator Cruz now thinks he can denounce his citizenship from his native State and just run for President. Just how stupid does this man think Americans are. Giving up his country of just to run for President of the US is almost funny. Because Cruz knows his country will always take him back as his lawyers have read he Canadian law. Now Cruz and his Cuban Father like to lie and say Obama was born in Kenya well at lease we know Cruz was born in Canada and his Father born raised in Cuba but was an illegal immigrant former Cuban Revolutionary Castro soldier and live in the US for over 50 years never legally and never paying US taxes.

    December 29, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. SmartPotato

    Phhfft... he's delusional if he thinks that's going to increase his chances of being president.

    December 29, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Oneslydragon

    Cruz is not natural born.

    December 29, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Mick

    Heck, we don't want him back, please keep him USA, we are a semi-socialist country with free medical care and our murder rate is way lower than yours, please keep your violent and crackpot Republicans, our conservatives are bad enough.

    December 29, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Benjamin

    If Cruz has still a Canadian citizenship, how come he was elected as a Senator? He's got dual citizenship and I believe the US constitution prohibits politician to run in office if your citizenship is dual. What do you say Trump and others who blasted Obama for not being born in the US? The Republican and the Tea Party are a bunch of stupid morons.

    December 29, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. notabobblehead

    Canada is too good for the likes of ted cruze. Foreign born! It took him long enough to renounce his foreign born citizenship only because it is politically the best for him at this time. A senator from Texas and a foreign born citizen, amazing how he could be so well liked in Texas.

    December 29, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Matt

    if he's giving up his Canadian citizenship can I have it? I am ready to leave the madness I know for someone else's...

    December 29, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Dennis

    Why not start a birther campaign against this fraud?

    December 29, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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