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. suboptimal

    Thank goodness he deported himself. Now for the paperwork...

    December 29, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Jane

    wHY DID no birthers KNOW THIS abt the president, his mom was a US CITIZEN. SO therefore he was a US CITIZEN. ?>

    December 29, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. PaulB

    I'd prefer it if he were to renounce his American citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Tigerflower

    Canadians everywhere are celebrating.

    December 29, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Bigboard

    Be great if this keeps this jerk from running. I am conservative, but not crazy.

    December 29, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Ron Mexico

    But then he'll lose his healthcare!?!?

    December 29, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Kanata

    As a Canadian, we will be sure that the door doesn't hit him on the way out.

    December 29, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. taotd

    you can keep him, america. we dont want him either

    December 29, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Grinning Libber

    No Canada keep him pleassseeeee

    December 29, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Walter Gomero

    How in the world Texas elected this man as senator? he is ignorant to basic stuff.. and he was elected senator.. I am Texan and I do not trust this guy..

    December 29, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Lipschitz

    Good riddance – you can have him.

    December 29, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Denny Crane, Esq.

    I expect that the Canadians will be eager to accommodate Mr. Cruz.

    December 29, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. PaulC

    I fail to see what this will accomplish.

    December 29, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. JS

    That sounds good. He is probably the least Canadian like person I have ever heard of. You can have him. Jeff (from Canada)

    December 29, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. Searcher

    So Cruz has lost the spotlight/limelight, and he is trying to get it back. Will he also renounce WHERE he was born? Will he RENOUNCE his CUBAN Father? There is an awful lot of renouncing going on.....

    December 29, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    Just read where article two states that "must be a naturally born citizen". Cruz's argument-they do not define natural born.
    Watch the SCOTUS jump right behind Cruz. And then said SCOTUS members need to be escorted right out the door.

    December 29, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Alsandor

    Any country that he would wish to join should know he betrayed the country of his birth for a mess of pottage. Of course, that does not matter to me a whit, but it might matter to you.

    December 29, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. SH

    Lucky Canada!

    December 29, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. JDL

    Most of us would rather he renounce his American citizenship !

    December 29, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. george t hibs

    Why in the world wouldn't Cruz just move to Canada? He would be doing some a huge favor but more importantly, he would be doing himself an even bigger favor. Our country is morally bankrupt, choosing instead to legalize gay marriage, legalize marijuana, the attack on religion and our very core beliefs; all this and not to mention that our president is the Anti Christ. At least Canada still has blue laws and high moral character. Their social healthcare system sucks there but then so does Obamacare, a mere draw.

    December 29, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Ted is crazy

    What if his dad was the same dad that Obama had. Would the Tea Party nuts give him a pass?

    December 29, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Hohumm

    @ Dude...maybe you would take him as Mayor of Toronto? Please?

    December 29, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. KCCrafter

    Yeah, because he's doing such a great job as an American...

    December 29, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Fracas

    I want to see a birth certificate for proof! Hes a canadian who wants to run for president? I'm sure the GOP will not stand for this, given the birther movement that they perpetuated to ridiculousness. Better nip this one in the bud while they still can!

    December 29, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Mike Buck

    That will be easy. Canada doesn't want him.

    December 29, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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