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

    "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 |
  2. Zwei Stein

    "Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father." But he "CHOOSES" his momma's citizenship as his. Why not his father's citizenship. Hey...he wasn't born here!!!

    December 29, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. ST

    Thank god for small mercies. I wonder if there is way to speed up the process.

    December 29, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Bertha

    Despite his attempt to renounce his citizenship, Cruz was not born in the great USA and cannot run for president. This man is an idiot!

    December 29, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. jamesmadison

    If Cruz ends up running for president, I sincerely hope Fox News spends majority of their time talking about how he isn't eligible for office because of his citizenship. Fair & Balanced, right?

    December 29, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Gamthin

    And yet even this will not stop the birthers. Same scenario they claim happened: Obama born to an American mother, Kenyan father, and by their claim born outside the US. And as I've been saying for years: Who cares where he was born! Mom was a citizen, HE is a natural born citizen.

    December 29, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Kuron

    He's afraid of being called a closet socialist.

    December 29, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Mccainfrenchfry

    Mr. Cruz – we from Canada divorce you!

    December 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Dale

    When a child is foreign born they are not automatically granted U.S. citizenship. For a baby to be granted this the parents must register the birth with the state department. I'm sure Senator Crus will have no objection providing proof of the registry, right?

    December 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Latin Dancer

    Wow Canadian cruz can try to run for Prime minister of Canada where he can swear his allegiance to a white Queen.
    I wonder what Texas thinks of being a subject of the British again?

    December 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Louis

    Believe it or not birthers have an excuse for cruz and a "reason" they claim the obama complaint is legit (had he really been born in kenya which he was not). The reason they give is that in us law there is a clause supposedly that states that the american mom thing is only valid if the mom or parent lived in the usa 4 consecutive years after adulthood. But apparently obamas mom didnt. (Or something along those lines) as she left america shortly after turning 18. So its really splitting hairs here and pretty bogus to me.

    December 29, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. pink hase

    I was hoping Canada will take him. I feel sorry for the good people of Texas, to have to bear him as a cross....what a horrible and poor excuse for a man.

    December 29, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Where are the Birthers now?

    I strongly suspect that none of the Birthers will say a word about Cruz being a Canadian. Maybe he go back home and run for Parliament instead and become Prime Minister, that would really be Canada lost and US gain.

    December 29, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    birthers camp...."pin drop"...."echo"...."is anyone there" "there" there" there"...."hello" llo" "llo"

    December 29, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. SeattleReign

    Now that's funny. Oh, Ted, you're so transparent, plus you have no respect for the intelligence of the people who might actually support you. Oh, that's right....I forgot who they really are.

    December 29, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Thomas

    I hope he runs for President , it will be wonderful to have somebody read us timeless classics such as Green Eggs an Ham on a regular basis .

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin
    Aint no mountain high !

    December 29, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. shehar39

    I'd vote for Cruz

    December 29, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. jimatmad

    Sorry, Rafael, you still will never be president.

    At least not president of the United States. President of Cuba, maybe. Or Canadian PM perhaps. Not America.

    December 29, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. dogb

    He was secretly hoping to retire in canada after his party finishes turning the u.s. into a third world country.

    December 29, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. LOL@Cruz

    Heaven forbid that Mr. Cruz should possess dual citizenship with a country in which he was (shock!) born!

    December 29, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Tone LG

    I wonder if that would work with Justin Bieber...

    December 29, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    He was born in Canada. Therefore, he cannot be a candidate for President, since the stipulations require a prospective candidate be born in the US, or depending on the interpretation- a military base.

    December 29, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. AEH

    Gosh! Maybe we better have a look at his birth certificate.

    December 29, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. Paul P. Valtos

    I guess he's buying Trump's support. We don't need any megliomaniacs running for President.

    December 29, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Eddie

    Why is it that Canada ends up with the better deal?

    December 29, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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