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. dsangiovanni

    Trump should advise him also to get rid of his Cuban citizenship..

    December 30, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    Michelle Bachmann is a confirmed European Citizen and Ted Cruz is a Canadian citizen and John McCain a candidate from Hanoi...these are foreign enemies in our govt. and the gop tea potty were asking for Obama birth certificate?

    The gall!!!!

    December 30, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Lameness

    Renouncing citizenship of another country, particularly Canada, U.S, and many others, is usually as simple as turning in your passport to the nearest embassy of that country and telling them such. You don't need to "consult with a team of lawyers to look into the matter." The only reason for that is so they can advise you of all the rights and bennies he'd be losing by doing so, giving him an opportunity to weigh the pro's and con's carefully. And what would be the reason for that? If you weren't as truly dedicated as you claim to be, you'd want to consider the consequences of renouncing your citizenship...that's why.

    This is a smokescreen for the lies he wants everyone to believe.

    December 30, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. tom l

    To anyone that actually questions whether Cruz is eligible to be pres or not you are no better than the birthers (and the birthers were a very, very small part of the repub party no matter how much you try) when you question whether he is allowed to run. You sound like little children.

    December 30, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    This guy is natural born Cuban and a Canadian citizen....where are thou Birthers?!!!! Lol

    Pls dont forget to renounce your Cuban citizenship while you are at it? Fidel Castro needs YOU!!!!

    December 30, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. tom l

    Do liberals on here recognize how much hate that they have?

    December 30, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. realitybriar

    So, now this means there is no question about President Obama's citizenship, even if he was born in Kenya, which he was not?
    Ted Cruz already stated he was eligible to be President. So, is he is admitting he was wrong before now? Doubtful. These Republicans never admit mistakes; they always parse carefully worded excuses.
    It won't make any difference if he runs for President in 2016. Him and Rand Paul will "crash and burn" early when the whole country gets a better look at them and they are asked to explain they're numerous controversial positions.

    December 30, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "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.
    Wrong. Cruz was not a U.S. citizen at birth. He was a Canadian citizen at birth, one who was eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, which would be automatically granted. If you disagree, then consider this. In order for you to be a U.S. citizen, then there must be some record of your birth in U.S. records somewhere.

    If he was born in Canada, then there is no record of his birth in U.S. records, which is why his parents should have applied for his citizenship through the U.S. embassy in Canada. Cruz has proudly declared that he has never had to do that because he claims that was "automatically a U.S. citizen" at birth. He makes the claim because the U.S. Constitution requires that you must be a U.S. citizen for a period of 14 years prior to becoming POTUS. Having never officially applied, Cruz fails that requirement.

    December 30, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. emskadittle

    well now he has to give up his socialized medical and sign up for obamacare!

    December 30, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Lameness

    Do we really want to trust someone with our governmental affairs who turns his back on his country for the sake of a higher-paying job?

    December 30, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. mungo

    There is no way he didn't know he has duel citizenship. Cruz is lying to cover up his real loyalty to Fidel Castro.

    December 30, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Michael SC

    so he stays Cuban

    December 30, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. kathy

    Nice try can denounce your Canadian citizenship all you will NEVER have a shot at the white house. Hey....why can the US denounce his US citizenship??

    December 30, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Andrew Friet

    Sounds like the same argument that we get from Obama. I had no idea that I was born in another country.

    December 30, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Dude

    Before he renounces his Canadian citizenship, he should come to Canada and take a nice vacation in beautiful Cuba, it might help to enlighten him and others in the U.S.. Ahhh Cuba, where the weather is great and the people even better. Nice to have the freedom to travel to beautiful countries like Cuba. After that, I'm all for him getting out of Canada.

    December 30, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. roro

    Please, Canada, keep him and insist on his living in your beautiful country, too.

    December 30, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Tutuvabene

    Cruz, please stop showboating. All you need to do is go to the Canadian embassy, conveniently located on 501 Pennsylvania Ave,so you can just walk there; make a statement to the counsel that you are renouncing your Canadian citizenship; turn in your Canadian passport if you have one, and you're done. Although, why you prefer that wretched Obamacare over the Canadian single payer health system is beyond me.

    December 30, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I am sure all of Canada will be glad to get him off the official list, now if we could just do the same here in the US. I bet the paperwork flies through fast.

    December 30, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Tutuvabene

    At least Canada can now say good riddance.

    December 30, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. babooph

    Can we stop his US citizenship? I do not want to support him in some institution if his delusions continue to increase.

    December 30, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Michael W

    "Michelle Bachmann is a confirmed European Citizen" – There is no such thing as a "European citizen". A person is a citizen of a country, not a continent.

    December 30, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Anonymous

    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.

    Of which he has yet to provide. Renouncing his Canadian citizenship might just turn Ted Cruz into a man without a country. Moving to America at age 4 doesn't quite fill in the legalities. His parents were moving from country to country while holding on to - in his fathers case - Cuban citizenship as he applied to become a Canadian citizen and - in his mothers case - becoming a Canadian citizen while still an American. It really is difficult to accept either the father, the mother, or the son's words. More official "paperwork" is needed on who became what.. when.. and where.. to determine if Cruz is an American officially.

    December 30, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. cpathenry


    Don't bother not being a Canadian. Your in the wrong country right now. Find another place to be a pain in the A–

    December 30, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    Everything that Ted Cruz stood for espouses fits right in with the Cuban regime...

    Small govt (Fidel Castro + Raul Castro) only
    No Taxes
    No ObamaCare or Healthcare
    No NSA/No Wars
    No vaginal probes...etc

    Just why can't Ted Cruz move to Cuba already?...Fidel Castro needs YOU!!!!

    December 30, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Mike

    He's not a natural born US citizen. He's a natural born Canadian citizen.

    December 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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