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. Al Mahany

    And who does he expect to impress wit this stunt?

    December 30, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. GreggEsq

    I'm sure the average Canadian is losing a lot of sleep over this knucklehead's decision.

    December 30, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. SkepticalOne

    I wouldn't want to burden our friends in Canada with him. Maybe we can send him to Cuba.

    December 30, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But, like in the U.S., Canada's laws state that anyone born inside its borders automatically becomes a Canadian citizen.
    -------------------------------------------------
    He didn't know the process...meanwhile, non-english speaking, non-Harvard graduate, non SENATORS of the U.S. know the process.

    December 30, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Kate

    Renouncing Canadian citizenship is ridiculously easy. Don't know why he's painting it as if it's sooooo complicated.

    December 30, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Meyer C. Dhoates

    You can't hide what you are Ted Cruz.

    December 30, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. bosco111

    Perfect guy to write immigration reform bills!

    December 30, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. George

    He should keep his Canadian citizenship and move back to Canada and mess up his own country.

    December 30, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Meyer C. Dhoates

    We know what you really are Ted Cruz. Why don't you take youe "values" and move to Cuba. They would love you there.

    December 30, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Joe

    Cruz can run for president in canada. Who cares about him in the US

    December 30, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. jcoby

    Wow! Another right winger caught in a huge lie...How is this possible. Republicans run a billion dollar campaign attempting to smear the President of our great nation on this very subject and now the guy they're running for President "Forgot" he wasn't born in USA....Shameful

    December 30, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Anonymous

    My father was also born in Canada and both his parents were American citizens, but he had to take the oath of citizenship in order to get his US citizenship. It isn't automatic just because you are born to a US citizen outside the US unless the parents register the birth with the US embassy.

    December 30, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Jan

    He pretended he was a Canadian for the first four years and used our "socialist" health care system. Now he wants that erased? Santa Claus is Canadian, and wears his red with pride.

    December 30, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Jean

    US citizenship is not automatic just because one parent is a US citizen and gives birth outside the US. My father was born in Canada and both his parents were citizens of the US but he had to take his citizenship oath and prove his claim because his parents did not register the birth with the US embassy. His brother and sister also had to do the same.

    December 30, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Boo

    I'll swap with him. He can have my citizenship and I'll head to Canada. This country's govt. is corrupt to the core. Can't wait to leave the USA PERMANENTLY. Listening NSA?

    December 30, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. tara

    Why is he talking about retaining lawyers? No one needs lawyers to do this, it's just some forms and some fees. There's no legal battle involved. Is he just trying to make it look harder than it is?

    December 30, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. JackieG

    So, Trump demands that Obama, whose mother was an American citizen, release his long-form birth certificate but he gives Cruz a pass on his citizenship. What a circus. American politics are a joke. The media turns the rantings of a publicity whore like Trump into headline news while it ignores the real problems facing Americans. Politicians know that they can get headlines ranting about irrelevant "issues" while ignoring the real issues. It is no wonder Congress gets nothing done.

    December 30, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. Greg

    CNN, do a better job researching U.S. law! The statement that anyone born to a U.S. parents in another country is born as a U.S. citizen is not correct. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there are certain criteria that have to be met before a child born to a U.S. citizen abroad can be considered a U.S. citizen. Specifically, the U.S. citizen parent must be able to transmit citizenship, which is generally an issue of whether the parent has the required physical presence in the U.S. per the INA to transmit citizenship to the child. There is also an issue of legitimation, which is usually only an issue for out-of-wedlock births. And, of course, the U.S. parent has to be able to prove they are the biological parent of the child. Obviously this wasn't the main thrust of the article, but issues pertaining to U.S. law and citizenship should be accurate in an article like this.

    December 30, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Gone

    Begone with Cruz. A real nut job posing as a WASP for tea party worship.

    December 30, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I am sure Canada is more than willing to remove this insult to the intelligence of people everywhere from their citizenship records. However, we really want them to take Bieber back and drop him off somewhere in the NWT where we are likely to never hear from him again.

    December 30, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. tom l

    Liberals sure do have a lot of anger and vitriol.

    December 30, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Samuel Wyndham

    Still was not born on US soil.Can't be president. HA!HA!

    December 30, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Brian

    "All for Show" Ted Cruz. He'd light himself on fire if he thought it would garner him the lead on the 6pm evening news.

    December 30, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. ca_kid

    Doesn't matter if he drops his Canadian citizenship – Cruz cannot become POTUS per the Constitution.

    But then repugs have an atitude of 'being above the law'

    December 30, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Robyn

    He has to build up his street cred of enough ignorance to be a plausible Republican candidate.
    Maybe one of his campaign promises will be to send the Marines to Toronto due to his life-long
    hatred of all things Canadian.

    December 30, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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