(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.
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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.
Thank goodness he deported himself. Now for the paperwork...
wHY DID no birthers KNOW THIS abt the president, his mom was a US CITIZEN. SO therefore he was a US CITIZEN. ?>
I'd prefer it if he were to renounce his American citizenship.
Canadians everywhere are celebrating.
Be great if this keeps this jerk from running. I am conservative, but not crazy.
But then he'll lose his healthcare!?!?
As a Canadian, we will be sure that the door doesn't hit him on the way out.
you can keep him, america. we dont want him either
No Canada keep him pleassseeeee
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..
Good riddance – you can have him.
I expect that the Canadians will be eager to accommodate Mr. Cruz.
I fail to see what this will accomplish.
That sounds good. He is probably the least Canadian like person I have ever heard of. You can have him. Jeff (from Canada)
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.....
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.
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.
Most of us would rather he renounce his American citizenship !
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.
What if his dad was the same dad that Obama had. Would the Tea Party nuts give him a pass?
@ Dude...maybe you would take him as Mayor of Toronto? Please?
Yeah, because he's doing such a great job as an American...
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!
That will be easy. Canada doesn't want him.