Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
12 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. craig richard lysy

    Awaiting commentary from the birther crowds now that one of their own is involved. Seems to me there has been a deafening silence. I wonder why?

    December 29, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Robert N. constant

    You can't believe anything this character says. He ran for the Senate claiming his family "fled Communist Cuba", His father is on record admitting that he actually fought FOR Castro before he deserted and BRIBED his way out of Cuba. Why can't these people be a little more honest. In Florida Rubio made the same claim when he ran for the Senate, and his father also left Cuba during the administration of Batista.

    December 29, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. skeptic1

    It took him this long to realize that he still has Canadian citizenship too? Not the sort of brains I want associated with an elected official...

    December 29, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. drake mallard

    Um, Ted Cruz's father was not American at the time of his birth. He was Cuban. That's right... who happily fought alongside Fidel Castro as a teen TED CRUZ's FATHER IS A CUBAN. Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, who immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, told NPR that though he came to the country legally, he essentially bribed an official to get out of Cuba so he could come over.In an interview near his home outside Dallas, the elder Cruz says that as a teenager, he fought alongside Fidel Castro’s forces to overthrow Cuba’s U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. He was caught by Batista’s forces, he says, and jailed and beaten before being released. It was 1957, and Cruz decided to get out of Cuba by applying to the University of Texas. Upon being admitted, he adds, he got a four-year student visa at the U.S. Consulate in Havana. And his mother was an American. And he was born in Calgary Alberta. I don't know how having a Cuban father makes you more American than Obama somehow.

    December 29, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Jim8

    I'd prefer he dropped the US one.

    If he were ill and middle class, he would go back to Canada where the health care IS affordable.

    December 29, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. styxhexenhammer666

    Too bad Ted, you'd still be ineligible to become our president.

    December 29, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Jim8

    car·pet·bag·ger noun \-ˌba-gər\
    : a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money

    : a political candidate who runs for office in a place where he or she has lived only for a short time

    Full Definition of CARPETBAGGER

    1
    : a Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments
    2
    : outsider; especially : a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics

    December 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    BIRTHERS, where are you hiding, come out come out and that includes Donald Trump and while you're at it you may find out that Crux's Daddy ain't no citizen either. Donald Trump needs to spend some of his money getting to the bottom of this because Cruz is making a fool out of him and his BIRTHER MOVEMENT.

    December 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. 4sanity

    Canada will grant his request in a heartbeat.

    December 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Sue

    Save your money, Ted. We know what you are, and you will never qualify to be American enough to be president. No matter how much money trump promises you. (we know all about him, too) Actions speak louder than words and you've both proved to be unacceptable.

    December 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. bob

    How is he a natural born citizen? If being born Kenya somehow would disqualify Obama, why would being born in Canada be any different?

    December 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. C B

    I wonder if there will be a similar birther movement here. Because by this logic, it doesn't matter that Obama was born in Hawaii because his Mother was American.

    December 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Mathprof

    Renounce all you want-once a Canadian, always a Canadian. And one more thing SIR-if you ever do become President of the United States of America, I will seriously consider moving North.

    December 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Why bother?

    If Obama could claim citizenship.......almost anyone can.

    December 29, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Jim

    Lucky day for Canada.

    December 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. kandw101

    Canada needs you, please go.

    December 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. TMZleasy

    Canadians are so lucky. I wish he would denounce his US citizenship.

    December 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. jake

    "...AND STAY OUT."

    –Canada

    December 29, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. tex

    why on earth would anyone want to renounce Canadian citizenship.....if he was smart he'd move north of the border....its nicer up here (and I'm a U.S. citizen)

    December 29, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. David

    Now he needs to leave America!

    December 29, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Steve

    Ah, the usual silence from Birthers.

    December 29, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. doug

    Nothing with Canadian citizenship. This is just Crus caring more about image than helping the country. Again.

    December 29, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. COlady

    Sorry, Teddy! Too late! The same argument applies to you as the "birthers" tried to apply to POTUS. You were born in Canada, you're not eligible to be president. The birthers didn't seem to care that POTUS was still an American citizen by virtue of his mom being an American citizen. I guess the same applies to you, right?! Let the Tea Party hypocrisy begin!

    December 29, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. LL

    This guy is such an enormous twit. Renouncing Canadian citizenship isn't going to increase his appeal beyond an isolated slice of intelligence-free flyover country. Silly.

    December 29, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cruz is suppose to have a "GREEN CARD" otherwise he is illegally working in this country and should be deported immediately.

    December 29, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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