Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
8 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. maggie

    I think this should definitely count against him. Canada is a very nice country. Anyone who would disrespect it by canceling their citizenship when they don't have to is kooky.....of course Cruz has done many kooky things.....I bet the Canadians are happy ;)

    December 29, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. tom

    I would guess that there will be no complaints from the GOP right wingers if he decides to run.

    December 29, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. theblackchronicles

    If the United States law says that a person is considered a U.S. citizen if one of his/her parents is a citizen, regardless where the child was born, why was the President being badgered about his citizenship when everyone accepted that his mother was a U.S. citizen?

    December 29, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Jay

    And i will be a proud Canadian again when this happens!

    December 29, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Abidur Rahman

    What kind of rule is this? If the mother was born in The United States, then the child is considered born in The United States no matter what. This is stupid! Just keep it simple. If YOU were born in The United States, then YOU can be The President Of The United States. Simple. That's it.

    December 29, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. gladr

    The GOPTP must be very dizzy trying to figure out how to work the birther flip flop without looking as clueless as they really are.

    December 29, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Hillary Lies, Four Americans DIE

    Sure looks like the lefties have a pretty big birther contingent as well. Figures. All a bunch of hypocrites.

    December 29, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Dave

    if he can't skate he ain't Canadian

    December 29, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. hal

    That sleaze ball Cruz is only doing this so that he can run for the presidency. He hires lawyers??…Oh puhleeze! He needs them to finagle the system somehow,…..ANY how. What an arrogant buffoon!

    December 29, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. ReaganRepublican

    What a huge embarrassment this guy is to Republicans!

    December 29, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. simplefaith

    This guy should not even be considered for a Presidential nominee. He was responsible for the shutdown of our government and the green eggs and ham!!

    December 29, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Jolat

    I'm a republican. Sorry Ted. We follow the rules, unlike the democrats. We are not going to play games with the citizenship process for the sake of one man. Maybe our new president can make you Secretary of State or something, but you can't run for president. Even though Obama was born in Hawaii, but lied about Kenya so he could get foreign student scholarships, which is why all his college history says he was born in Kenya and created that issue to begin with. Sorry Ted. You can't be president.

    December 29, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Patriot

    Shame he didn't stay in Canada longer, he might of grown up to be a decent person.

    December 29, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Wanda

    i will pay them if they promise keep him. He an disgrace and need to be put on a slow to neverland.

    December 29, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. PtBarnumBoy

    Now if he'll just do the same with his US citizenship we'll all be better off.

    December 29, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Pat

    So, Obama is an American after all?

    December 29, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Cynthia Rae-Marie Tomaszewski Born in America, speak english

    Who are you? Ane who do you think you are? Go back where you came from. You don't stand a chance!

    December 29, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. rzc

    I can only guess but I am sure this would be the case and that is if Cruz did the opposite and renounce his US citizenship and become a Canadian Citizen or better yet a Cuban Citizen,. I am willing to bet a lot of Republicans would also breath easier if he would do this or anything but just get lost.. Oh his Cuban Father fought for Castro , don't believe me check it out.

    December 29, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. tom

    Send him back please, please.

    Dear Canada pls. take him back.

    December 29, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. bmckay

    If only, as a Canadian citizen I had the legal right to declassify a persons citizenship, I would do it in a heartbeat for this looneytoon.

    December 29, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Good for the gander

    Okay, now let's see Cruz' birth certificate. The REAL one, not a fake one!

    December 29, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. AC

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen." That is not true. Check U.S. citizenship law. It's not as straightforward as that - especially for unwed mothers.

    December 29, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. spudnik56

    Every time I read something about this guy, I become more convinced he's brain damaged...

    December 29, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Dudett

    Has Rafael or his parents disclosed how much they have reimbursed, and / or when they reimbursed Canadian taxpayers for mooching off their country?

    December 29, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Nuthin

    Well, that's a start. Considering he was was of Bush The Younger's immigration advisors and has argued immigration issues before the SCOTUS, I tend not to believe this disingenuous claim of ignorance.

    Does he also plan to repudiate his Cuban citizenship? His father never naturalized until Ted was running for elected office, IIRC back in 2005, or so.

    December 29, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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