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. caesarbc

    If Arnold Schwarzenegger can't run for President, then neither can Cruz.

    December 30, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Steve

    Does that mean he isn't going back?

    December 30, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  3. Texas Bob

    Cruz can renounce his CANADIAN BIRTH all he wants but he will still have been born in CANADA. Also, why is he doing this? Is he ashamed of being born in Canada or being Canadian?

    December 30, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  4. mikes

    Still doesn't make him a natural born citizen, which would be someone who can't be denied citizenship by law (i.e. someone born in the US who's parents are US citizens). Since Congress says someone born outside the US to a US parent is a citizen, Congress can also change the law and say they're not – that's not "natural born," which is the Constitutional requirement for a President.

    December 30, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  5. Carol Corbett

    Why isn't Donald Trump all over this?????

    December 30, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  6. Lucky18

    Cruz is a bit dumber than he looks...Trump hasn't said a "peep" about this, but he went "outer space" on Obama.
    Double Standard..."you betcha"!!!

    December 30, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. Karin Pantaleon

    Where I come from that is called the funnel law. He was attacking our president with an American BC and what about his? We are in the same continent, but its NOT US!!!! He should think before he talks. Apply the WAIT law! Why Am I Talking!! Maybe it will work for him!

    December 30, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. chris

    He should drop his legal team and just ask Obama to let him in. Obama can makeimmigrants US citizens overnight for free. (only Cruz will need to sign a promise to vote Democratic).

    December 30, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |

    Rapheal Cruz shut down the people's government to collect Koch Brothers AND bumpkin wingnut money with both hands.
    2014 comes quickly for the Guns Over People tea potty now.

    December 30, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. ImvotingforHillary

    Funny how the "birthers" aren't going after him like they did President Obama. This guy was actually BORN in another country to a father who supported communist Castro, but not a peep from them. Just more proof the birther movement was all about racism and not concern if Obama was an American citizen.

    December 30, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Basin guy

    I hope this is fast tracked. We have enough loonies like him here already.

    December 30, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. Anonymous

    This clown is thinking he has a chance of being President. LOL I wouldn't trust this nut with a bag of rice.

    December 30, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  13. darla

    Wow talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This conservative will accept a Canadian citizen who is half Latino and whose father comes from Cuba no less to be a potential POTUS but they disregard and constantly disrespect someone who is already a POTUS who was born in a Unites State Territory and a certified AMERICAN CITIZEN to a white American woman? My bad it's because he has the wrong skin color.

    December 30, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Can we return him ?

    December 30, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. BD70

    Baloney! Ignorance is not an excuse when you are a US Senator.

    December 30, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. Marcia

    Cruz's mother was American-his father was Cuban but Ted was born in Canada which means rejecting Canadian citizenship or not -he cannot run for President legally according to the Constitution

    December 30, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. bw

    Dear Mr. Cruz,thank you.Canadians don't wish to be associated with nuts like you.

    December 30, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. MontanaGal

    Wow, Canada will dodge a bullet on this one! Unfortunately for we Americans .........

    December 30, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Doug Taylor

    As a Canadian I am pleading for the US justice system to remove this blight from Canada.

    December 30, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. CP

    U.S. law does NOT state "that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen." This depends on when the child was born, whether the parents were both U.S. citizens or if only one was, whether the parents were married, and in some cases how much time the U.S. citizen biological parent (if only one) has spent inside the United States. CNN needs to do some basic research there.

    I have not yet seen discussion on whether Cruz also inherited Cuban citizenship from his father?

    December 30, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Derek

    :"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth,:

    Actually no.. you were a candian citizen at birth. He mother would have had to file paperwork to register him.

    December 30, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. KellyF

    So by Republican standards, this guy is a Cuban. Also, there is NO QUESTION where this dude was born, and it was not in America.

    December 30, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  23. Voiceinthewind

    I'm sure Canada does not want this guy as much as America doesn't maybe they have a little room up top there with the moose and caribou for this guy to live with. He sure as hell does not espouse what American politics are about. Ship him back to Canada already but Canada would probably reject him.

    December 30, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. Jared

    As a Canadian, I hope our government will assist Senator Cruz in giving up his citizenship as quickly as possible. He's giving Canadians a bad rap and I want to assure you that most of us aren't as egocentric and ignorant as he is.

    December 30, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. Rick

    can we send him back?

    December 30, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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