(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.
Mr. Cruz, your nose is growing by leaps and bounds.
I'm not sure we want a senator who hates Canada. He needs to back off.
I'd rather that he dropped is American citizenship.
That sucks for him. Being a Canadian is amazing and such a privledge. You know, free health care and all..
I hope Obama can deport Cruz back to Cuba.
Why the heck is he bothering? So what is he's a dual citizen? Also, it's Canada, it's not like freakin Saudi Arabia or North Korea.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!
How can people have questioned Obama's right to be President and not care about Cruz? Obama had an American mother and a foreign father. This is the same as Cruz. Why did Cruz question whether Obama had the right to be President based on whether or not he was born in Hawaii? Cruz was clearly born in Canada, so by the Tea Party logic (and Cruz's own past speeches), Cruz is ineligible to run for President.
Dirty rotten foreigner! Go back to Canada...and ruin their country!
Ok! President Obamas mother was born in the U.S and so was he. If this clown runs for president he needs a birth certificate showing born in the U.S
When wil Cruz renounce his Cuban citizenship?
Just another clown.
So we have a US Senator from TEXAS that does not know how citizenship works. Oh I did say TEXAS I Forgot no expectation of knowledge.
Well, Canada is happy he will renounce his Canadian citizenship. And we hope the process will be soon, final and irrevocable.
No problem with the usa, but we don't dont want this guy I can't even believe he thinks he has a chance ever to win the presidency or even go I bet Geb bush has a better shot no pun intended
Is this buffoon a plant by late night television comedy writers?
If it's to further your political career, don't bother. It's over.
When's Rubio going to denounce his Cuban citizenship?
For being a supposedly brilliant lawyer it is odd her just found about his Canadian status.
"Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!"
Sorry my fellow Americans. I'm certain Donald Trump and the rest of the birthers will be on Tea Party Cruz any moment now.
errr.. wait a minute.
He should trade his citizenship with me... I love Canada
Please Canada, for the love of God, take Cruz back. We do not want him, like him, or see him in Texas or America.
Where are the birther's now?
I'm a Canadian. Please take this person.
What would be more comforting to know is for Cruz to renounce his US citizenship.