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. Bob from Accounting

    I thought he lost it when he refused to apologize for the government shutdown?

    Can't be a Canadian if you can't apologize.

    December 29, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Texas

    Of course he is. Canadians have socialized medicine. Oh, and he cannot run for President, thank God!

    December 29, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Joe

    It's not hard to renounce one's Canadian citizenship. If he wants to do it... he can do it. But, life is long and so it's not a decision to be made off the cuff. Just google Conrad Black. He did it (and later came to regret it too).

    Anyway, I'm a Canadian by birth and have lived in the United States for several years – just became a proud U.S. citizen (the right way) a few weeks ago. I love the United States and although I'm technically 'dual' in Canada's eyes I pledge allegiance to the United States now.

    December 29, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    I still wonder if he needs to have been born on US soil. I think that it is part of the story and is he really eligible since he wasn't born on US soil.

    December 29, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Art B

    He should have renounced is Canadian citizenship BEFORE he ran for congress. This guy is a complete flake. He needs to be out of any public office.

    December 29, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Dave in Ottawa

    Being a born in Canada citizen all my life, and enjoying my many visits to the US, I would certainly like to help this guy lose his Canadian citizenship. He does not deserve it and the rest of us up here can certainly do without this cry-baby.

    December 29, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. justicemsb

    He can't be president. BOTH his parents would have had to have been US citizens when he was born in Canada. Since his father was Cuban, this eliminates this guy.

    December 29, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Richard

    Anything that gives Canada one less Latino, so we don't end-up a teeming anthill of them like the U.S. is welcome.

    December 29, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. dave johnstone

    "Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father."
    Hilarious...2 out of 3 countries right now thankful that he does not want to be their citizen.
    USA you can have him.

    December 29, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. lgalb

    How many Canadians are cheering: "Good Riddance!"

    December 29, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Haybaler

    Hey I would rather he drop his American citizenship!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 29, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. theotherbob56

    He's a Tea Bagger traitor. Canada can have him, but I doubt they want him.

    December 29, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Nikki

    Wow, karma, karma, karma...

    December 29, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Valerie

    Maybe he should have attended school in Canada. We learn about citizenship and immigration policies in Grade 8 or 9. Or perhaps he's just not too swift? Either way, scary to think someone who doesn't even know their own citizenship status is in such a powerful position. A little embarrassing. Glad he's yours.

    December 29, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Garner Foley

    We Texans were ready and happy to elect this freak of nature to the US Senate. One of our shameful acts. Too bad he did not stay in Canada.

    December 29, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. jimatmad

    Next he'll be trying to make us learn to speak Canadian.

    December 29, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Garner Foley

    We Texans were ready and happy to elect this pathetic man to the Senate. One of our shameful acts. Too bad he did not stay in Canada.

    December 29, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Dougie

    As a Canadian I am glad he is giving up his Canadian citizenship, the Republicans deserve him.

    December 29, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. jim

    Thank God this bozo can never become President! Texas is a foreign country, so keep him there!!!

    December 29, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Freeman

    Not only does Cruz have Canadian citizenship. His father was a Cuban citizen living in Canada. This is far from being an anti-Castro Cuban in Miami. Cruz's father also gives him Cuban citizenship. Don't believe the right wing I'm a Republican schlock. This is a Crupto socialist from Canukistan with a deep cover Castroist agenda against America.

    December 29, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. detroitmommy

    He thinks he has a chance at the presidency. HA. Not quite buddy.

    December 29, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. wow

    and we thought sarah palin was from the country of alaska

    December 29, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Rla

    Ted please don't leave Canada they need you to save them from National Healthcare. Since you have been so effective in the U.S. You could focus on rescuing the Canadians from the evil Socialists.
    Please Ted move to Canada maybe somewhere in the Yukon then us Americans wouldn't hear from you anymore. You could join up with Sarah Palin, you would be able to see her house from the Yukon. Then you and Sarah could tell the Canadians how bad National healthcare is.

    December 29, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. KrjMc

    Wont' matter if you renounce your citizenship or not – you are not an American and will never be in the White House.

    December 29, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Brendan

    Donald Trump! Quick, we need you!

    December 29, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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