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. 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.

    December 29, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Oneslydragon

    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?

    December 29, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Oneslydragon

    Heaven forbid a democrat or independent had the same demographics. The right 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 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Waterboard

    Cruz isn't an American he's a CanadianTexan.

    December 29, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. solex

    What does it say about a man who tries to give up his native-born citizenship?

    December 29, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Peter

    Why NOW?

    December 29, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. george

    Good riddance. You southerly cousins can have him with our blessing.

    December 29, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Michelle

    You can have him. Love Canada.

    December 29, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. 54StarryNights

    I find it fascinating that those on the right who repeated the birther nonsense about President Obama whose mother was a U.S. citizen and whose father was a foreign national have suddenly fallen silent about Mr. Cruz's parents and his birth in Canada and his dual citizenship. If the law declares Cruz a U.S. citizen because his mother was a U.S. citizen, then even if you accept the birther's contention that President Obama was not born in the U.S. (which his Hawaiian documents dispute) it means that same law says President Obama is a U.S. citizen. The incredible hypocrisy of the right never ceases to amaze me. They are the masters of the double standard and the big fat lie.

    December 29, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. encisoc

    Due us a favorite and also drop U.S. citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. thewiz_71

    As a Canadian (dual citizen), I say we gotta suck this one up, and for the good of the world, refuse to allow him to relinquish his citizenship. It breaks my heart to say it, because we would be better off without him, but better this, than even the possibility of his becoming POTUS. Besides, the "natural born citizen" thing has ALWAYS been interpreted to mean a person born on American soil.

    December 29, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Howard

    Now we know why Cruz has no love for the United States

    December 29, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Catherine Howard

    Good riddance...we definitely do not need Mr Cruz in Canada...

    December 29, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. jdun

    Wonder if the birthers will be after Cruz? Will he get Trump's blessing? Will a Cuban/Canadian/American citizen become president? Maybe he should become leader of the UN! Stay tuned because you never know what Texan Ted will do next!

    December 29, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. TM

    I expect Orley Taitz and Donald Trump to start a thorough investigation into Cruz' place of birth and the authenticity of his long form birth certificate any day now.

    December 29, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. ST

    Folks, don't be fooled by Cruz. He knows the discussion on raising the Debt Ceiling is soon coming. He can't come up again with his dirty game of shutting down the government. This is an excuse as he will remain silent claiming he is busy renouncing his Canadian citizenship. Tea Party, this man is trying to find the way to throw you under the bus.

    December 29, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Chase

    America's loss, Canada's gain.

    December 29, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. longfisch

    It looks like the "birther" movement has switched parties, it just shows how divided our country has become, no one cares about facts, we just attack anything or anyone from the "other party". Welcome to America, land of the partisan, home of the ignorant.

    December 29, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Caiomhe

    Pretty funny that a birther wasn't born here either.

    December 29, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. historyspeaks10

    i must agree with solex on this one-what does it say about a person who tries to renounce their native born country and citizenship? and how long did this guy and the birther freaks rail on against BHO? i despise all USA politicians, they're all in it for self enrichment and could care less about the country.

    December 29, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Proud Canadian

    Just got to say it ... Trading Canadian citizenship for a whimsical lottery-ticket-odds dream that one day he MIGHT become the POTUS (assuming he can beat out every other candidate, current polls suggesting not, and US candidate rules suggesting he doesn't qualify) is a bad trade. Not a good trade at all. Personally, my Canadian Citizenship is FAR to valuable for that kind of long shot. Such a bad trade, shows an ability to evaluate of risk/reward .. one has to question what other poor evaluations he'd make as a POTUS.

    December 29, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Jamie Estevez

    The Republicans shouldn't trust Cruz, he is a Canadian meaning he's a Maple Flag flying crypt o socialist! (Sarcasm of course). I'm an American who loves Canadians and has no problem with Canada's socialized health care.

    December 29, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Mayner

    How does a Senator not know the whole citizenship process? ... "because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter." ... Really? Scary to think how someone of his stature can be so ignorant of such simple and straightforward things. Oh, right, he's a Republican. As a Canadian, if there is anything I can do to speed up the process, let me know.

    December 29, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Dude

    Phew, that's a relief. We already have one of him as Prime Minister.

    December 29, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. manu

    We want him to go back to canada. Texas has enough crazy politicians already.

    December 29, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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