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. Anonymous

    Geez, what a dummy. Canadians have national health care, unlike the US.

    December 29, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Graham Pye

    Why, if Obama had been born in Kenya, he couldn't be president but Cruz, born in Canada, can be?

    December 29, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Patricia O'Brien

    Millions of people on this planet would be forever thankful to have Canadian citizenship....only an American would foolishly give it up! I'm sure we will read bout his indiscretions in the press soon.

    December 29, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Cruz should hang on to his Canadian citizenship. He may need Canada's natioonal health care system when he is voted out of office.

    December 29, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Sparky

    BWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!! Cast your vote for this clown folks!

    December 29, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Cruz is a looser.

    December 29, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. skyjackal1

    I have a better idea, why doesn't Cruz move to Canada? If our holiday party with the GOP side of my family is any indication of a trend, NONE of them would ever vote for Cruz, even though they are hardnail GOPers. That should tell you something. They clearly blame Cruz and the extreme Righties, for shutting down the USG.

    December 29, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Alex

    If he's not keenly aware of his own legal status, how can he claim to have any authority whatsoever to legislate over anything, let alone immigration issues? Cruz shows himself to be a self-righteous incompetent time and again. I hope his supporters are paying attention and losing faith, as they should be.

    December 29, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Maybe Canadians should vote him out of his citizenship first?

    December 29, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. hihohi

    Phew, that's a relief. Thank you Mr. Cruz for sparing Canada the embarrassment of having you as a citizen

    December 29, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Dave

    He can go to HE double hockey stick. Show the papers or send the trash off to Cuba.

    December 29, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. hihohi

    "What a shame!" Said no Canadian ever.

    December 29, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    Just like that. As if nothing more than a mere technicality, "I hereby nominate myself, a non-Canadian, to be your President. At that very least, a Bachmann-recognized Dominionist. Hooraaaay!!" And there'll be those that just go right along with it. They are willing to excuse HIM and do what they can to make him our "dear leader". Those recent polls folks have been talking about have given him hope and have caused him to cast off his citizenship...just like that. Congratulations Canadians!!!

    December 29, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. EdwardTr

    I wander if the TEA party will oppose his nomination because he was not born within the borders of the US or one on one its official possessions. My guess being a son of one US citizen will be good enough for them in this case.

    Read few other articles on "natural" born issue and folks, I think the courts will almost certainly allow it.

    December 29, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. TraderJohn

    Too bad. I was hoping he'd renounce his US citizenship.....

    December 29, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Joe Plumber

    So this means that even if the fairly tale that Obama had been born in Kenya was true, he would still be still be a natural born U.S. citizen.

    December 29, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. DMR

    What about the fact that his father was a citizen of Cuba? Does Cruz have citizenship, by birth, in Cuba too?

    December 29, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    What is he going to do with his Cuban citizenship?

    December 29, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Louis

    Its funny that the cruz situation is exactlyyy the situation birthers made up for obama to claim he is not american. Yet the article states that you are american if born to an american parent outside the usa. Obamas mom is american so therfor it would not matter wherre he was born.....even though we know he was born in the usa. But now cruz which was born in canada has no problem running for president!!

    December 29, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Big Ben

    You are what you are Mr. Cruz. You are the son of a Fidel Castro revolutionary that went to Canada and became a naturalized citizen. Mr. Cruz, YOU WERE BORN IN CANADA, NOT IN THE USA.

    December 29, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. rude

    His Father was mocking Obama's citizenship while his own son....???

    December 29, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Mel Parker

    Mr.Cruz, is a poor example as a Senator regardless of his citizenship. I would be glad to see him leave the USA and take his brand of garbage talk to some where such as North Korea where he and Kim Jong Un should do quite will together, just ask old uncle what's his name.

    December 29, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Louis

    Just what america needs , someone that turnscoat, renounces his citizenship for political reason. In other words a traitor. Why not make palin another quitter his vp? Republicans cant seem to find americans to run for them. Mccain was born in panama, whats his name from 2012 dad was mexican and now a cubancanadian. What a joke the gop.

    December 29, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. emskadittle

    so how can he be president if he was born in Canada? tell me the difference isn't racism

    December 29, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father.

    Isn't he one of the guys who claimed that Obama was not a citizen? Obama was born in Hawaii but even if her wasn't his mother was American just like Cruz.

    December 29, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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