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. Shorty

    You can have him. We don't want him. The States appears to be a haven for useless politicians.

    December 29, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Jayakumar

    Oh Ye Canadians! What did we do so bad to you that you had to sent us this excuse of a human to the US side. I am sure the canadians are delirious with joy to see him go and they would be glad to sponsor that for Cruz.

    December 29, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Freedom Ain't Free

    I want to see Cruz's long-form birth certificate. He's clearly a foreigner.

    December 29, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Jane

    How about the United States drop him. That would work

    December 29, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. jose garrido

    Too late cruz mitt romney father try to run for president while his was born in mexico you only want to give yor canadians citizen because you want to run for the white house

    December 29, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Tealiban is antiAmerican

    For Cruz to be eligible to be POTUS, he has to be born on US soil or BOTH of his parents would have to be US citizens if he was born on foreign soil. HE DOES NOT QUALIFY. As for dual citizenship, the constitution doesn't specifically address this so eligibility would have to be determined by the supreme court.

    December 29, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. sally

    I wish we could deport him back to Canada!

    December 29, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Jib76

    Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States:
    “ No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

    December 29, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Sid Prejean

    T5rump and Cruz meet. You coulda sold tickets!

    December 29, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. bananapouch

    Wow, he's so ignorant... if he wrote in "Canadian nationality law" into wikipedia, he would know he is a Canadian citizen. And to think that he is an expert lawyer and was Texas's solicitor general.

    December 29, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. kf6nfw

    So Mr Cruz wants to be President of the USA, and doesn't know how the countries establish citizenship? Is he the best choice if he is unaware and unable to do simple checking of status, seems a bit critical information to know your status in a country. I had no reason to believe he was a citizen of only one country, and had no reason to assume he was of dual citizenship, but I sure in hell would have done some fact finding to find out if I could be president before launching such a political career!

    December 29, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. WSV

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

    Except, that it doesn't. Whoever wrote this article never did the research on Canadian citizenship at birth, because it DOES NOT become automatic when born within the borders of Canada. This is what makes Canadian citizenship laws different than those in the US. This is why well-to-do Chinese citizens are not having babies in Canada, but instead travelling to the US to give birth so that their children become US citizens. They have done news reports on this in the US media long ago. Think I even saw one of them on CNN.

    December 29, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Mete Krop

    That is good step by Cruz. Now he denounced his Canadian citizenship he also lost of the American one by October 2013 closing down US government. He will then be a dude with Cuban citizen or a man with out citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Texas, Texas... Five it back.

    His father was a friend of Fidel Castro. Actually fought with Castro. He was born in a foreign country. He has dual citizenship. His first name is Rafael, not Ted. He came close to destroying the American economy and bringing our country to a depression. His state have the highest number of people without healthcare yet he has his wife's healthcare under Goldman Sach.He have no solution to the large number of people in his state without healthcare. Yet, The Tea Party follow him because he plays to their fears of a Black President.

    December 29, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Bert

    Yet again, Cruz makes uninformed, erroneous assumptions. What a joke.

    December 29, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Siestasis

    Where are the birthers when we need them?

    December 29, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. BobAD

    You can not hide from what you are in more ways than one.

    December 29, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Richard

    The article states conclusively that anyone born abroad to a US parent is a citizen. If this were true, then why was there such a fuss about where Obama was born to begin with? Cruz may be the current darling of the extreme right wingers, but anyone believing this nut job will have any shot at all in 2016 is delusional.

    December 29, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I will renounce my Austrian citizenship and run on your ticket as vice president, Mr. Cruz!

    December 29, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Benny Hannah

    I'm a conservative and don't trust this slime bag

    December 29, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. bmada

    What a tool. Green eggs and ham...really? Nut job

    December 29, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. The Donald

    Cruz's mom was really born in Canada, not Hawaii! Where's the birth certificate? SHOW ME THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

    December 29, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. JG

    Nothing against our good neighbors to the north, but, as much hell as Trump raised about Obama's birth certificate, is trump going to let tea party wacko Cruz slide? Seems a little double standard Trump? Cruz will snatch your toupee off on live tv and toss it out in the crowd.

    December 29, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. SFRich

    I'd guess denouncing this Canadian citizenship is a slam dunk as far as the Canadians are concerned. They're likely happy to be rid of the imbecile.

    December 29, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Ricksta

    Birther problem for Ted?

    December 29, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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