Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
12 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. Pete/Ark

    When will John McCain apply for U.S. Citizenship ? ...seriously , check the Panama exception the year he was born ...

    December 29, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. ergo sum

    Great idea! We Canadian sure don't want him. You are welcome to him.

    December 29, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. ANNIER

    He's hoping no-one will notice....

    December 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "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 ..."

    Cruz is incredibly dim or he was lying about his Canadian citizenship.

    The former makes him unfit for office and the latter disqualifies him (Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution).

    December 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. moxjox

    "The first-term senator has said before that he wasn't aware he was still legally tied to Canada "

    Yeah,he forget about being a Canadian citizen even though the media brings it up every few days.
    Maybe he should keep the Canadian citizenship so he can run for Toronto mayor to replace that
    crack smoking Ford dude.
    .

    December 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Renounce it all day long. I'm sure the Canadian's could care less. But you were still born there and therefore cannot run for president.

    December 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Some broad interpretations of Article II, Section I, Clause 5 of the Constitution allow for a person born beyond American borders of parents who are both U.S. citizens to become POTUS.

    Given that when Cruz was born in Canada his father held Cuban citizenship, even under the above broad interpretation of the Constitution, Cruz is NOT eligible to be POTUS.

    End. Of. Story.

    December 29, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. luvUamerica

    Fake American trying to renounce his Canuckiness?

    December 29, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. mlwells

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen. ...." It has always been my understanding that those born under such circumstances must be born on land which is deemed U.S. property within that country, such as a U.S. military hospital, U.S. embassy/consulate, etc. Obama was born in the U.S. and born of an American mother. If true that he is a U.S. citizen even if born in Kenya merely because his mother was a U.S. citizen, why all the birther fuss about Obama?

    December 29, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. wally

    deport him
    where are the birthers now!

    December 29, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. andrew

    Is there any way we can deny him American citizenship??!! Please!! Lets deport him as an illegal alien and bar him from ever entering our country again!!! Please!!!

    December 29, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. deb

    This will get interesting, given that Cruz no doubt is doing this in order to run for president. But, the TPers didn't think Obama should be president because they believed he was born outside of the US (never mind, if true, that it was to an American citizen). In this case, the TP darling WAS born outside the US. I am looking forward to the TPers' justification and rationalization of this if Cruz runs for president.

    December 29, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Vanessa Woodford

    As a proud dual U.S. and Canadian citizen I'm sure Canadians are rejoicing over this news.

    December 29, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Bill

    It doesn't matter if he drops it or not. If he and his followers thought Obama was ineligible for president because they believed (falsely) that he was born in Kenya, then there is no way Cruz or even his most loyal of supporters can make the argument that he is eligible to be president being it is a FACT that Cruz was born in Canada. Trust me...as a Dem, I would LOVE to see this clown run against whoever we put up. It would be a guaranteed win for the Dems. But I just can't see how he even can get out of the primaries with his ineligibility.

    December 29, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American," he said.

    He was elected in November 2012 – pretty slow on the uptake that he's only now getting around to becoming a U.S. citizen.

    December 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I guess if your a foreigner and want to take over a country, you should just defect from your home country and run for president of your NEW country, Cruz loality to his home , country Canada is outstanding and the teaparty trash will support you, and then theirs the teahage Bachman from swiserland, I think it's a foreign invasion with teaparty support, GOP morons

    December 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen."

    But a broad interpretation of the Constitution says BOTH parents have to be U.S. citizens to qualify to be POTUS.

    That's the wee bit Cruz and all the other tea bags are hoping no one will notice.

    December 29, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Angela Gambrel

    Why can't we force Canada to just keep him?

    December 29, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "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 ..."

    Cruz is incredibly dim or he was lying about his Canadian citizenship.

    The former makes him unfit for office and the latter disqualifies him (Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. C O N S T I T U T I O N; my source=The Heritage Foundation's "The Heritage Guide to the C O N S T I T U T I O N" ).

    December 29, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Mona

    After what he has cost the U.S.A & . put the U.S.A. citizens through, he doesn't deserve to become an American
    Citizen.....& seriously folks, a Canadian citizen either!

    December 29, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Tenase

    Per the Constitution, he's not a native-born American and is not eligible to be President, although this is obviously why he's trying to dump the Canadian tie. At least Obama was born in US territory.

    December 29, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Blinded by the republican lie

    Denounce all you want...You'll never be President!!!

    December 29, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Mara Tam

    nothing about being a "native" citizen - born in geographical US territory?

    December 29, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Bill

    The concept of nation states is becoming redundant, if not already. No nation has ever had complete & total control of its borders for the simple reason that these are man made lines on a map. Nature does not recognize these lines on the physical earth. National pride & identity is an issue politicians need as a crutch or a tool to whip people up to buy into their brand.

    Sen. Cruz in an act of intellectual honesty must merely state that Canada is as great a nation as the US and that he WOULD continue his dual citizenship for various benefits while maintaining his political positions. An attempt to renounce it after a year or two as a senator is an attempt to show people his belief that the US is superior, his conservatism / national pride is marvelous – its disingenuous & shameful.

    December 29, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Erick Holmes

    They need to change the law and make being born on a military base the exception. They never should have allowed him to run for Senate. If they stupidly let him run for POTUS in 2016 I won't vote for him. In fact, stay away from Illinois.

    December 29, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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