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. okanaduh

    Please I'm Canadian, take the moron please, we'll pay I promise.

    December 29, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. 1alien1

    cruz can do as he pleases, he is still for his party and not for americans. if the repubs support him, that will be the partys last straw

    December 29, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. binct

    He has taken Sarah Palin/Kim kardsshian media lessons. Work the media...manipulate the cash income based on " bad publicity"..which nowadays is as lucrative as "good publicity"...anything that hits the Internet is a cash cow to these kind of people...what a crazy world we're now in.

    December 29, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. scarf

    I hope his lawyer screws up and he winds up renouncing his American citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. AceGirlshusband

    OMG! What if he becomes Secretary of Defense and then gets drafted into the Canadian Army?

    December 29, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Doug in SF

    I have dual citizenship with Canada and the US. I doubt if I would ever give up my Canadian citizenship first.

    December 29, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Avalonia

    Take him puleese, and keep him forever! He is not, nor was he ever anything remotely 'Canadian' in the sense we know Canadians. What he is, is an accident of birth that has happily landed elsewhere so we don't have to take care of him - or not - with our outstanding health care system as he ages and requires its many benefits. We don't fancy right wing zealot ingrates here...!

    December 29, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    You are not even a patriot of the country where you were born. You can renounce being Canadian all you want, you moron, you are still a citizens of and were born - Canada!!!
    A crazy terrorist who thinks he's the second coming without a country. You ran to shutdown OUR government and you are against health care for all.

    December 29, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. sally

    When will he renounce his Cuban citizenship?

    December 29, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. TJeff

    Canada - America loves you but we'll pay you to take this guy back! Please?

    December 29, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. george

    Cruz will NEVER become POTUS. he was not born on American soil. And while he was Canadian before his umbilical cord was cut, he was granted American citizenship when he could prove his parent was an American citizen,.

    December 29, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. rodcros

    Cruz should ask Conrad Black how renouncing his Canadian citizenship worked for him.

    December 29, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Nick

    As a Canadian, my heart weeps for our American friends... but not nearly enough to want Cruz back anywhere within our borders, thank you very much.

    To those who love the senator, consider him our gift to you. May he serve your country well.

    December 29, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Trent

    First Bieber, now Cruz. Canada, stop exporting stupid people!

    December 29, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Jennifer Jayne

    I imagine the Canadians will be glad to get rid of him. Now, if we could just find some other country to take him...please.

    December 29, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Upstate NY girl

    This man is delusional if he is doing this because he wants to be POTUS! AS if!

    December 29, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Isn't he also a Cuban citizen? It took his crazy papi until 2005 to become a US citizen. I guess his messiah of a son made him do it?

    December 29, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Republican supporter of President Obama

    It's ok for Cruz to be Canadian and criticize this country but if our President does anything that is good for the country he is not given any credit whatsoever. Cruz should be given the same amount of scrutiny as any other elected official. He is no star. He and his father are buth hypocrites and should be ignored by everyone because they are only concerned with getting attention.

    December 29, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Republican supporter of President Obama

    Sorry you are a Canuck – end of story. No presidential bid for you!

    December 29, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Loki

    Canada–we will take him if you take Detroit–you are getting the better part of the deal

    December 29, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Bill

    Let The Donald direct the due diligence on the Cruz birthed issue...

    December 29, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. FLUX

    Do you want a person born in another country to be our President? Do you want a person who thinks it is OK to
    shut down the government and go on a paid vacation to be our President? Do you want a person who thinks that people
    who have lived under dictatorships and communism know more about democracy than Americans do to be our President? Those are the questions.

    December 29, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Scott

    Wow! this is BIG news. Thanks for reporting CNN

    December 29, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Anti-ignorant

    @Mayner, I agree w/ you, that was my first thought. How could a senator be so ignorant. Sorry to say, but he probably made that far coz of the color of his skin. From his statement I perceive, he wants to be President, which may be y he wants to drop the Canadian citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Calcommuter

    If for some reason he is allowed to run for President, his campaign song will be "Blame Canada"... But born outside our borders, regardless of half of his parentage, he was Canadian first. The only reason he is dumping his native country now is to go for the White House. If he's the best the Reps can do, bring it on... Christie will kick his behind, and Rand Paul doesnt have a chance.

    December 29, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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