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. Logicescapessome

    "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, "

    See the issue????

    December 29, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Woman In California

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

    No significant respect. Really? Meaning: all the times we've called the Birthers racists – they were/are really racists?
    Thanks for confirming what we already knew and Cruz is still a dumb Canadian.

    December 29, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Blue

    His country is Canada. That was were he was born and he is not a natural born citizen. He should not even be a senator. He is just a citizen of the US because of his mother, and not a natural born.

    December 29, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Gary

    Pretty strange that Cruz claims that he didn't really understand how Canadian citizenship works. Really? Perhaps when he was a law student, it would have helped him if he had studied with students who didn't come from the "major" ivy league schools. He either didn't learn some basic things about law in his elite school, or else he isn't exactly telling the truth.

    December 29, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. calvin

    I have a better idea... why not renounce US citizenship and go back to Canada ? Or do they not want him there either ?

    December 29, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. fbysea

    There must be celebration in Canada!

    December 29, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Too bad he isn't renouncing his US citizenship and moving to Canada. maybe they could make a human being out of him.

    December 29, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. wendel

    oh please Canada keep this stupid troll. Does he have a green card. ???? WE have enough people to read Dr. Susse.

    December 29, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Peter

    As a Canadian, I must say...good riddance!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. wendel

    hey he is part Cuban maybe he really is a communist. Why not ? Repos would be exploring this if he where a demo.

    December 29, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Darls

    Good...you can keep him we don't want or need him....cheers

    December 29, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Gary H

    Cruz is anti-American and should be deported immediately. Get rid of this LOSER.

    December 29, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Vence

    How come a Cuban-Canadian shuts down the United States government and republicans are happy with that.

    December 29, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. GTA

    "How is he a natural born citizen? If being born Kenya somehow would disqualify Obama, why would being born in Canada be any different?"

    Bob, it's as simple as black and white....

    December 29, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Lee

    A U.S. Senator who is an aggressive attorney and says he did not know he's a Canadian citizen?

    December 29, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Tellingitlikeitis

    Years ago; maybe a couple of decades, there was a French Candadian/Native American woman whose mother is an American Indian knew she held dual citizenship, and this lady ONLY had a high school education. You'd think someone with a HARVARD education would know everything about citizenship; Oh, but then there's Cruz's father who may have also be UNWARE that was still a Cuban Citizen until 2005. Like father, like son; total ignorance when caught!

    December 29, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Rick Thwaites

    This guy is a political climber with an extremist agenda. I say send him back to Canada from whence he came!

    On the other hand, let him spout off in the 2016 elections and divide the GOP to ensure another 4 years of Democratic rule. Hilary has been waiting in line. We may as well assure her place by letting Dr. Seuss tell outrageous stories.

    P.S. I love most Canadians. I don't blame them fro throwing this clown out!

    December 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Tony

    So, Republicans are fine with him being born out of the country to an American mother and a foreign father? According to the birthers, there is no way in heck he should be able to run for president. Oh, I forgot, he's not black, or a Democrat.

    December 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Stephen

    Natural Born has no need to be tested.. The Founders, both specifically in their own writings after/during the convention, as well as in the spirit/letter of the law of the Constitution intend for Natural Born to be someone who is born WITHIN the United States. While the Congressional Research Service, which has no legal standing whatsoever, asserts that as long as two persons are U.S Citizens then their prodigy would then also be Naturally Born (regardless if they were born within the borders or not), Cruz STILL lacks that requirement.

    The founders were keenly aware of how often in History foreign rulers found their way into power in a country not their own. I have taught Constitutional Law and European History for several years now, and that is oft a common theme in the political, and cultural aspect of much of Western History. It is not distrust because they "fear" people who are not like them (racism/etc.); they just do not trust outside influence.

    The Framers/Founders were right to feel this way. History, from Early Sumeria, Rome, Carthage, Egypt and The "Middle Ages" onward is rife with this. They were exceptionally well-educated (which is a far-cry from the average American then and now) and knew their letters of history.

    December 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Mike

    Should he also renounce his Cuban citizenship too?

    December 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. tino

    cruz is a tea party beloved member, and represents a party (tea) that tries to undermine the Democracy of this great nation, they are saboteurs of the constitution by supporting this Canadian born candidate. we should chalange his qualifications as natural born citizen

    December 29, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. sandvichmancer

    He's not naturalized, he'll never be.

    Neither am I. You can't just wordplay your way into the presidency. The Tea Party has no respect for the Constitution when it doesn't benefit them.

    December 29, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    Deport this guy to Canada.

    December 29, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. GT58

    Trump needs to make sure this foreigner never runs for President.

    December 29, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Greg from Canuckistan

    As a natural born Canajun myself I want to pose a question to the group. Personal income rates are (approx.) 38% in Canada; 30% in the U.S. If I go to work in the U.S. I must remit my owed taxes to the I.R.S. and then pay the difference (Canadian tax rate minus the amount paid to the U.S.) to the C.R.A. (Canadian Revenue Agency). Mr. Cruz might owe some back taxes?

    December 29, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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