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. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    I don't care if he's Canadian. I would rather he renounce his crazy.

    December 30, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  2. Behjat

    I said it before and I say it again. People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks! First, his father who is from Cuba, has enough nerve to say, mr. Obama, who was born in America, should go back to Kenya. Now, we find that Cruz was born in Canada and is the citizen of that country . I think he should have checked to find out where he belongs, before bad mouthing Canadian health care and thinking that he has a chance to make it to the White House .

    December 30, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. Bruce Miller

    So, he didn't renounce his Canadian citizenship when he took the oath?

    December 30, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. Crampon

    After Rob Ford, being a Canadian is no longer a good thing. Down here he would be called a Weiner, Anthony Weiner.

    December 30, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Oneula

    I wish Canada would keep him. They could use a fool in Toronto to replace the mayor.

    December 30, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. Anonymous

    So let me get this straight ... a politician born in another country, from a U.S. mother and a foreign father is completely okay ... as long is he's a Republican?

    December 30, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. wut!?!

    He'd renounce anything if he thought it would get him political gain. The teabaggers just don't get it do they? Their fractured so-called 'party' is fading away– even those nit-wit republicans don't want him anymore. Can't they see what they are or pretend to be? The fact that they can't and all their talking heads just keep repeating, repeating, repeating the same things over and over and over again. Oh, sorry, didn't mean to repeat myself. Canada would be better off without this inane slug!

    December 30, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  8. Peter

    "Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father."

    Obama, who has a birth certificate from Hawaii, has been branded an illegitimate president by the Tea Party and other conservatives. Cruz's foreign birth is not even in dispute. I'd like to see the rationale the Tea Party will offer for why they are not applying a double standard when Cruz announces his candidacy for president.

    December 30, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Stan Smith

    ""Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth" Really? Was his mothers womb American soil, like an embassy?

    December 30, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. Calbob

    Mayner, why would you be surprised that Sen. Cruz is an ignoramus? "Scary", yes, bu t surprising, no.

    December 30, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. stevetall

    Wrong move again, Ted. You should renounce your American citizenship and move to Canada. It's a great place to start over. This time around, you could try being an intelligent, caring individual.

    December 30, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  12. Reality Check

    Republican should have a field day with this. He was born outside the country, only his mother was a citizen of the US. What were his alleged parents doing in Canada anyway. This should completely top the kerfuffle over John McCain who was born in Panama.

    December 30, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  13. blindboxx2334

    "August, quoting legal experts who said the potential presidential candidate was technically a dual citizen."

    Wait, what?! when did i miss the nomination?

    December 30, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Sara

    As a Canadian I would be eternally grateful. The man makes my skin crawl.

    December 30, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. wotudezerv

    no matter whether you are canadian or american, cruz, you are a loser. i am dual citizen and would be thrilled if you dropped either or even both. no one needs your brand of citizen. you contribute vitriol, hatred, stupidity, shallow and uncaring policy. in short, get a real job and find out what real canadians and americans are like. then run for something appropriate to your level of intellect ie the bathroom.

    December 30, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  16. Rob S

    Hearings!! I want hearings ! He knew he was a Canadian citizen – he's lying ! he lied ! he lied ! AHHHHH!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  17. Harv

    Isn't he going to renounce his Cuban citizenship also???

    December 30, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  18. Petruski

    At least Obama was born in the US. I wonder how the GOP and the conspiracy theorists will handle this one. I'm having a laugh.

    December 30, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  19. Larry

    Since Obama, if the birthers are correct, was born, like Cruz, to an American mother in a foreign country, he is an American citizen at birth, and thus

    December 30, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  20. WDS

    Sorry, Ted, you STILL can't be president!

    December 30, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  21. Larry

    Since Obama, if the birthers are correct, was born, like Cruz, to an American mother in a foreign country, he is an American citizen at birth, and thus eligible to be president. Under what theory wouldn't he be eligible ?

    December 30, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  22. miscreantsall

    He should renounce his Cuban citizenship too.

    Still, that won't help him. He is once piece of work.


    December 30, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  23. DW

    What Raul Castro said to Obama when they shook hands at the Mandela funeral: "Like the Canadians, we're just glad that Ted Cruz is claiming to be one of yours, and not one of ours."

    December 30, 2013 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  24. TheLeftWing

    The Cruz scenario:
    1. Give up Canadian citizenship
    2. Run for President
    3. Lose so badly that it sweeps in a liberal President and Congress
    4. Try to get Canadian citizenship back so he can leave

    December 30, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  25. Gary

    Can he renounce his US citizenship instead?

    December 30, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
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