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

    We don't care here in Canada if he drops his Canadian citizenship. Let him. He's dull anyways.

    December 29, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Doc

    Cruz – should not be a politician. He's nuts as well. Get rid of him.

    December 29, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. SLJ

    Is it too late to send him back?

    December 29, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Naim Khaimov

    Teodoro Cruz should come to Cuba! We need him knowledge and experience here to lead our country!

    December 29, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Graeme from Ottawa

    appropriate since Canada renounces cruz

    December 29, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. Stan Kerr

    Mr Cruz is to far to the right than our present Conservative Government up in Canada. He is looked upon in Canada as an American Nut Job.......Texas should be proud they have him.

    December 29, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Tim Halbert

    It's not unusual for any of these idiots to not know how citizenship works. None of them know anything about U.S. History, citizenship or civics. What they do know is how to enrich themselves at the expense of the American people. If you challenge what I say then prove me wrong.
    1..99 out of 100 Senators are millionaires (the other 1 refused to report income.
    2. Most of the House are millionaires. (50 – 60 percent. if not more.
    3. They only make laws that benefit them personally or people who bribe (we call it lobbying) them.
    4. They have shown absolutely, positively not leadership by taking a pay cut, reducing their own benefits or reducing staff members in Washington.
    5. They (House and Senate) receive FULL retirement benefits after six years of elected service.
    6. They family members receive preferential treatment in getting into colleges, jobs or loans from banks.
    7. I am happy because 1 – 6 will eventually bring about the downfall of this system and we are within about 15 years of seeing the American people reacting in a rather unexpected way.

    December 29, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    Hey, out there! Don't go insulting the Canadians just because Cruz is a dingbat. They don't like him any more than we do, and besides, we don't want to get the Canucks mad at us. After all, they control most of the Canadian beer exports to America!

    December 29, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Fool me thrice??

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen." Too bad all the Birther baggers didn't understand this years ago, it would have saved a lot of drama. But then drama feeds the media....

    December 29, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. robottawa

    you guys can definitely have him. He's the complete opposite of what it means to be Canadian.

    December 29, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Texasmike

    Ted Cruz is the type of person who quickly wears out his welcome.....no matter where he goes.

    December 29, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. Margaret

    Did Obama ever renounce the Indonesian citizenship he acquired from his Indonesian stepfather? He likely used that to secure a spot at Harvard and that's why he's had all his records sealed.

    December 29, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. cheeseroll

    This man is a senator and he doesn't know simple procedures like renouncing citizenship? Is this why US politicians are a reflection of Americans?

    Or maybe we shouldn't be so judgmental. Senator Ted Cruz has perhaps, like all US politicians, spent most of his time learning how to acquire kickbacks and "campaign contributions" from donors. Which probably explains why he, like all US politicians, is ignorant of simply proceedings anyone else would not find tedious.

    December 29, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Michael Hobart

    Hmm, he is only now taking those steps? Why the delay? When the issue came up last summer it was easy to discover what is involved to renounce dual citizenship in Canada and the process is quite straightforward. Why did he not do so last summer?

    December 29, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. bernie

    when is he dropping the cuban too.
    Also a person born to cuban citizen outside is also a cuban.
    What a moron!!!

    December 29, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. cheeseroll

    This man is a senator and he doesn't know simple procedures like renouncing citizenship? Is this why US politicians are a reflection of Americans?

    Or maybe we shouldn't be so judgmental. Senator Ted Cruz has perhaps, like all US politicians, spent most of his time learning how to acquire kickbacks and "campaign contributions" from donors. Which probably explains why he, like all US politicians, is oblivious of simply proceedings anyone else would not find tedious.

    US politicians only need to know one thing: how to get bribes to fund their reelections. Other matters, including DOING THEIR JOBS, are matters of small import.

    December 29, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Mark P

    In 2008 The Republican presidential candidate was a guy born in Panama; The grandfather of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate moved his family from the U.S. to Mexico; now a large part of the Republican Party likes a guy who was born in another country to a Cuban father. Doesn't the GOP know any prospects that Are at least second-generation Americans?

    December 29, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. Scotty

    ROFLMAO! Why bother? What a goof.

    December 29, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. Mac

    He is foreign born. His father is from a Spanish country. If he were a D the Rs would be calling him an anchor baby! This is a suck up to the bigot base move. It won't help him with the swing vote.

    December 29, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. Mike

    Since get wasn't born in the US, he can't run for president.

    December 29, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. FordGT90Concept

    Love Cruz but the argument against Obama is even stronger against Cruz. The reason why the phrase "natural-born citizen" was put in the constitution is because they didn't want England installing a monarch through the electoral process. The assumption was that if you were born in the USA you would be loyal to the country. Section 1, article 2 also takes that farther by explicitly saying they must be a resident in the USA for 14 years. In the case of Cruz, whom doesn't deny being born in Canada (to a US and Cuban citizen), is not "natural-born" citizen. It's no different than an Englishman being born in the 18th century trying to run for president in place of Washington or Adams.

    Do I think Cruz means this country ill? No, I don't; however, that language exists in the Constitution for a reason and Cruz should honor that. Renouncing his Canadian citizenship accomplishes nothing. He should be a proud Canadian-American and keep representing Texas. At the same time, I hope the Republican Party holds Cruz to the same standard that they attempted to hold Obama to and refuse to elect him in the primaries.

    If you really want to make Cruz president, you're going to have to amend the Constitution first. I wouldn't recommend that. I imagine the SCOTUS is going to have to clarify the meaning of "natural born" eventually but I would rather they didn't because they'll likely destroy its intent in the process.

    December 29, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Ricky

    Cruz can't run for president because he was not born in the US. He was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, so he is not eligible.

    Republican 'birthers" claimed that Obama was not eligible because he was born outside the country – even though his mom was American and his father was not, just like Cruz.

    Obama was able to present a birth certificate that said he was born in Hawaii, so unless Cruz is able to do the same, he is not eligible to be a president of the USA.

    December 29, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. InkyGuy

    Canadian, Kenyan ... What's the difference?

    December 29, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. patw2100

    Why do liberals hate America so much that they will send an illegal alien to the Senate.

    December 29, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. Jose M Pulido

    Conniving opportunist traitor.

    December 30, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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