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. TOM

    This will be a great relief to the citizens of Canada.

    December 30, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Josephine

    So long Teddy. With Stephen Harper in power we don't need anymore right wingers.

    December 30, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  3. Cranford resident

    How could we have an absolute liar as a President !...give me a break ! I did not know I was a Canadian citizen ...don't worry we will not deport you yet ...but keeping your dual status maybe useful if Texans decide to run you out of the state .

    December 30, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. Keith

    In 1963, the U.S. honoured Sir Winston Churchill with America citizenship. Since Churchill was born in Britain to an English father and an American mother, the implication would seem to be that he was not considered to be American. His situation was identical to that of Ted Cruz. Something to think about. Perhaps laws have changed. Perhaps interpretations of laws have changed. Perhaps not. Perhaps Cruz is a Canadian pretending to be an American. In addition, it should be noted that Canada tries to keep its craziest citizen in Alberta, and you guessed it-that's where Cruz was born. As a Canadian, I hope I am wrong and he is a legitimate American. In any event, we do not want him back.

    December 30, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  5. Jose M Pulido

    I am sure many Canadian citizens would love to get rid of this man who underestimates and rejects Canada by "renouncing" his Canadian citizenship. And this clown wants to be President of the USA? We have much higher standards to elect a President.

    December 30, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  6. Phil Fugate

    Canada will fast track this one!

    December 30, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Cezz

    He will not be missed.

    December 30, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  8. archibald

    dont you remember. these are the same clowns that were traying to promote Schwarzenegger for president. (before he was doing you know what to you know who).
    by the way,mr cruz, how did you became an american..? did your mom file an i-130 with back then the INS..?
    as part of this proccess you should have changed your name to Ted Cross.

    au revoir monsieur Croix

    December 30, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. stevebrinkhoff

    Where are the Truthers when you need them? I'll bet Ted wants to be President. Where are the howls of outrage, the demands for his birth certificate, the hue and cry over his Cuban (the Truthers would scream COMMUNIST) father? Oh, the irony. Cruz is NO DOUBT a Cuban sleeper agent, a Communist/Socialist/Atheist like ALL Cubans. Hey! Don't confuse me with facts! Thank you.

    December 30, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. jlg

    Call me 'Canuck-crazy'...
    But I recall a song (kinda like this....)
    – Na-na-na-na
    –Na-na-na-na
    -Hey-hey-hey
    -GOOD-BYE

    December 30, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. Bubba

    Once a Canadian; always a CANADIAN. Plus what happens when Cruz launches a political career in Mexico; will he renounce America??? Where does the GOP find such loyal losers???

    December 30, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  12. edocol

    I strongly suggest that the USA revoke his citizenship, leaving him stuck with a return to Cuba,

    December 30, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. David

    Let me say on behalf of all Canadians – take him please !

    December 30, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. smegmabreath

    He could run for mayor of Toronto!

    December 30, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  15. mike

    please drop it you're an embarrassment to Canadians

    December 30, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. Damienfish

    What a useless process.

    December 30, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. reality

    vote all the repukes out!!!!

    December 30, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  18. AZGurl

    Let's see if the GOP/Teapublicans will start a new birther controversy.

    Somehow I doubt it . . . which is enough of a message in itself.

    December 30, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  19. John

    This guy got it wrong. Canadian citizenship is so much more valuable than US citizenship.

    December 30, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. TNPatriot

    He's a US senator or it is now 25 years AFTER he should have renounced his Canadian citizenship, if he really wanted to. After all the right wing birther crap about the president who was actually born in the US, the tea party should be denouncing this Canadian as not eligible to be president.

    December 30, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. BillC

    Politics, politics, and more politics! These guys are so bent on diminishing President Barack Obama that they forget who they really are!

    December 30, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. Vincent

    He 'didn't know' the citizenship laws?!?!
    And this is a tea party representative?

    December 30, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. Jim Jimson

    Nonsense regulation in any event. Why does the President need to be American born citizen? Who said so – a few old white people 250 years ago? Are they still relevant in this context?

    December 30, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  24. daisy

    He was not born to US citizens. His father was Cuban born and had become a Canadian citizen. His mother was a US citizen who immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen when her husband gained his citizenship there. Therefore, when little Teddy was born, he was Canadian. He only became a naturalized US citizen when his parents applied for US citizenship. So, sorry Ted, those little details may just save us from you as president. How about telling the whole story for a change?

    December 30, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  25. Hogarth

    Put up the tents. The circus is coming to town.

    December 30, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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