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. Happy Girl

    I am ashamed as a proud Canadian to think that Senator Cruz is a Canadian citizen...he doesn't act, think or behave like a Canadian...he is rude, uneducated in things that matter (world events, the vast opinions and beliefs of people in both the U.S.A. and the world etc.), and he is unable to relate to the people because he is motivated by money, greed and power....he IS American. Please Canada give the man his wish...sooner than later.

    December 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Get used to IT tea potty! 3 more yrs to spew ur hate @Obama

    Unlike Obama, Ted Cruz was NEVER born on the shores of the United States....and both of his parents are NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!

    One is an illegal from Cuba and the other a Canadian citizen....just when did Ted Cruz become a US citizen again?

    This idiot is a FRAUD and Texas voted him in as a US Senator?....he should be investigated!!!!!

    December 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Don

    Good ! We need to vote the tratior out!

    December 30, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. carre1

    Does he owe Canadian taxes?

    December 30, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Mike Trottier

    I will NEVER WASTE my vote on a teatard terrorist,.....EVER!
    Cruz and his "t-party" wanted to send this country into DEFAULT,.....That's UNACCEPTABLE!
    They all should be tried for TREASON as far as I'm concerned.

    December 30, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Mofungo

    He was born in a foreign country and his father was a Marxist. .......Obama? .....No, Ted Cruz!

    December 30, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Anonymous

    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.
    ==================================================================

    Explain to the class why you feel Ted Cruz shouldn't be required to prove his American citizenship. This is a man who was NOT born in the United States of America, came here at age 4, and was born in Calgary of two people whose own citizenship in other countries is in question.

    December 30, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Tutuvabene

    And he's giving up his chance to be Prime Minister.

    December 30, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Hilarious

    So the tea party understands the concept of being born a US citizen even if you are born outside of this country because your parents are US citizens when it pertains to one of their candidates but If the candidate happens to be African American and a Democrat they MUST SEE THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE even if that candidate's mother was clearly a US citizen from Kansas.

    December 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Peter

    Cruz should go back to Canada. He will never live down the birther thing here.

    December 30, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. ca_kid

    OK, so he and fellow TPers are adamant about following the Constitution and it's laws.
    Yet he "swears' he is eligible to be POTUS. Typical repug, believing they are above the law.

    Cruz looks like McCarthy too
    Has he no shame!

    December 30, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Mike,Albany

    Please, Mr. Cruz, give up your American citizenship instead. Canada really needs you, so return to your homeland! Trust me, we'll manage without you somehow.

    December 30, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Thomas

    Ted Cruz and the Canadian Healthcare System .

    Green Eggs An Ham , Sam I am .

    December 30, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Mark Causey

    Dear Canada, Please take him back!

    December 30, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. larry

    Lucky Canada.

    December 30, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Tom

    Not a freekin word from Orly Taitz huh

    December 30, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    The GOP, Queens of Hypocrisy. Cruz WAS NOT born on American soil, yet HE IS eligible to be POTUS..... President Barack Obama was born in the beautiful state of Hawaii, has shown two birth certificates and birth announcements, yet they still say he is ineligible.... Hilarious. I guess Cruz has the right pigmentation for them.

    I wish the media was more vocal about this.

    December 30, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Kevin

    Frankly I don't care. This county is in the toilet anyway

    December 30, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. obawendon

    If he was BORN on Canadian soil he cannot be President! His Mom may have been American, but if she was not in the Military or living on a Military base, he is not American by birth. Time to see his birth certificate to be sure he is an American, right? lol

    December 30, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Doesn't mater where you were born.... you will never be POTUS!

    December 30, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous wrote:

    "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."

    Explain to the class why you feel Ted Cruz shouldn't be required to prove his American citizenship. This is a man who was NOT born in the United States of America, came here at age 4, and was born in Calgary of two people whose own citizenship in other countries is in question.
    ------------------------------–
    I want to hear an explanation of this one, too. Cruz is putting up a smoke screen to hide the fact that he isn't a U.S. citizen. In order to be a U.S. citizen, then there must be some record of his existence, or birth, in U.S. records. Seeilng how he was born in Canada, I don't see how any records of Cruz' birth was documented within the U.S. His parents would have had to have filed for his citizenship, which Cruz has claimed he doesn't have to do. Cruz was born a Canadian, automatically ELIGIBLE for U.S. citizenship, which is not granted until it is actually applied for.

    December 30, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. algol

    Sorry Mike and Mark – no deposit, no return.

    Signed,
    Canada. ;-)

    December 30, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. frankly spkg

    As a Canadian who follows American politics, this is the best news I have heard in a long time. If there is anything that we Canadians can do to remove this person off the list of Canadians, please let us know. There will definitely not be any opposition on this side of the border and we will be happy to facilitate his request. Our gain is your loss.

    December 30, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. luc

    I want to see what the wacko Trump has to say about this one. His answer should be a spoof on SNL. The ratings will go through the roof. Got to love idiots that make the world go around. Palin will have an answer laugh out loud.

    December 30, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Ted Cruz is a hypocrite

    Cruz has already proved during the shutdown and the Afordable Health Care fight that he would destroy the country and any human being to serve himself. Not serve his party or his country, HIMSELF!!! He would renounce America just like he is doing Canada if he thought it would help him.

    December 30, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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