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. Hahahahahahaha

    Wait a minute, wait a, Obama is having problems with birth issues from Hawaii, a US state, the tea party cried and whined about that for.....well still are. Now, the voice of that same tea party isnt even a true citizen of this country???????? See, now what they are going to do is crucify everyone that questions Cruz's citizenship, say we are no better than the birthe......wait a minute, THEY ARE THE BIRTHERS!!!!!!!, pure gold...

    December 30, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Gary

    He needs to keep his Canadian citizenship so he can continue getting his government provided health care. Wait, he's a congressman, so he's already geting it.

    December 30, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. majicmahon

    Ted Cruz does not match the DNA of Canadians. He was born in Canada because the USA rejected his father. Looks like the apple dodn't fall to far from the tree. We reject him.

    December 30, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Mike

    Of course, you would think that it would have been relevant to point out in this article that Obama was born a British subject as his father was a citizen of Kenya, and NEVER an American citizen. Has he ever formally renounced that status?

    December 30, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Asch S.

    It is funny. Obama’s mother was a U.S. citizen and he was born in U.S., but Tea Party members and Fox News still don’t consider him to be eligible to be the president of the United States. Now this guy, Ted Cruz was born in Canada and both of his parents at the time of his birth were not U.S. citizens (one was an illegal from communist Cuba and the other a Canadian), but for some magical reasons (meaning being White), is considered a U.S. citizen!!! I don’t hear Fox News raising the issue of birth place. Damn Duplicity!!

    December 30, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Bruno Cruz

    Is he really that naïve to think he would not have had citizenship in the country where he was born???

    December 30, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Let us recall the argument put forth during the 2008 Presidential elections by the Republican Party regarding Sen. John McCain's U.S. citizenship. McCain was born in Panama. Officially, McCain was born in a U.S. military hospital, which was located on a U.S. military base, which is technically U.S. soil.

    At the time, the RNC and McCain campaing had argued had McCain been born in a local Panamanian hospital, located off of the U.S. base, then McCain would not be eligible to be POTUS because he was not a "natural born" U,S, citizen. It would seem that this latter scenario is identical to the one in which we find Sen. Ted Cruz.

    But, that is not Cruz' problem, though. Cruz admits that he's never had to apply for U.S. citizenship, which means that he's means that he's never officially filed, or claimed, his U.S. citizenship. Cruz is simply building a false narrative, when he claims that he's "automatically" a U.S. citizen. That's impossible. The law says babies born abroad to U.S. citizens are ELIGIBLE for automatic U.S. citizenship, BUT IT MUST BE APPLIED FOR. Cruz claims that he doesn't have to apply.

    December 30, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Fred

    I am from Canada and emigrated legally through the green card process to the U.S. I have Canadian relatives living in the U.S. as green card holders. Their kids born in the U.S. are automatically American citizens and they have till they are 18 till claim Canadian citizenship. I have co-signed their paperwork. If they do not (and some have failed to claim) they automatically lose the right to claim citizenship. I suspect Cruz is different in that he was born in Canada and automatically (per the U.S. example) became a Canadian citizen. So contrary to his statement that if he never pursued it, it would not happen. Cruz is a lawyer and he knows better so he is lying, or if he does not know better then he is incompetent. Does anyone find it odd that he only became concerned after he became interested in POTUS? One other note it took the billionaire Conrad Black years and a trip to the Supreme Court of Canada to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

    December 30, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. tonyl

    No one renounces Canadian citizenship. Renouncing the Canadian citizenship is a crime punishable by 10 year in prison. So Cruz is a criminal wanted in Canada. He sure is a twisted character. LOL!

    December 30, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Roscoe Chait

    Please, Canada. Take him back. Hide him from the villagers.

    December 30, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. tonyl

    Wonder what Ronald Donald MacDonald TRUMP thinks about Cruz being a Canadian born. Is there a original birth certificate problem with him or not since he is white and a Republican?

    December 30, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Donna

    As a Canadian, i ask America to take him, keep him, please
    He is a selfish hypocrite, He is not liked or wanted in canada

    December 30, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Brenda

    Lucky Canadians

    December 30, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. W.K. Sexton

    I pray he'll be the GOP nominee in '16. Then, an awakened electorate can remind him with ballots that obstructionism did not garner for us much-needed roads and bridges, immigration reform, unemployment compensation, food for the poor and fixes and improvements to Medicare and Social Security. We'll reconsider if he changes his stance to love from hate; approve the above and offer legislation to fix any remaining Obamacare glitches. Otherwise, let's suggest he transfer citizenship to Libya where he can personally guard the embassy. More earthquakes in Oklahoma City? Fox News might report it is Obama's "FAULT!"

    December 30, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Chuck

    I don't get the Birthers like Ted Cruz. All he has shown as his proof of US Citizenship is his Canadian birth certificate. I guess the fact that his mother is listed on it is his proof? Unfortunately, US laws do not accept this as proof. I have 2 children that were born outside of the US but since I am a US citizen (13th generation if you count the colonies before the war for independence) my children are US citizens. Recently I have been trying to deal with US government over issues for the oldest child and the only document they would accept as proof of her citizenship was the INS Form 600 "Certificate of US Citizenship" since she was born abroad.

    I demand to see Ted Cruz's Certificate of Citizenship, if he doesn't have one he is ineligible to be in the US Senate and must be removed immediately and deported back to Canada or Cuba (since his father is a Cuban citizen I would assume that Ted Cruz would also have Cuban citizenship)!

    December 30, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Randy

    Hmmm....Cruze or Ford? We'll keep Ford...Thank You!

    December 30, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Anonymous

    @ Rudy,

    "I want to hear an explanation of this one, too."

    He doesn't give answers. He spends his time saying about other bloggers "so and so said this" and "so and so said that", adds a few false narratives into the mix, and pats himself on the back for his next round of "so and so said".

    December 30, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Mark

    Might want to hold onto that Canadian citizenship...will come in useful after Tea Party destroys America. Just saying

    December 30, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Todd

    Does Presidenr Obama need to take steps to drop Kenyan citizenship through his father?

    December 30, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Barbara

    How can Ted Cruz hold any political office in the USA if he has not completed the process necessary to become an American Citizen? Ted should show us the paperwork his mother filed with the American embassy in Canada, or give up his seat in the Senate. Without the paperwork, he is an illegal alien...

    December 30, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. rob

    "A man who has two masters is a traitor to one". Anyone with duel citizenship should not hold any public office .This includes the Israelis in the United States Congress and Senate as well as the non government institution the Federal Reserve.

    December 30, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    Is Ted Cruz even eligible to be a Senator..... With him being a Canadian citizen??

    December 30, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Mr. Butters

    "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"

    Really? REALLY? I hope everyone sees how stupid this claim actually is. If he honestly believed that, it's scary he's already a congressman.

    December 30, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. sf

    isn't there talk of this idiot running for president in 2016? he's NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN! he does not qualify to run! how the heck is he a senator in OUR country?!!!....oh wait, only in Texas.

    December 30, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    tonyl wrote:

    No one renounces Canadian citizenship. Renouncing the Canadian citizenship is a crime punishable by 10 year in prison. So Cruz is a criminal wanted in Canada. He sure is a twisted character. LOL!
    What's criminal about it? If someone wishes to forfeit their citizenship, why should that be a crime?

    Cruz's problem is constitutional requirement that you must be U.S. citizen for the 14 years prior to becoming POTUS. That's why he's working so hard on this "automatically a citizen" smoke screen. He wants to build up a false narrative about his citizenship, so that when it is questioned in the future, then he can claim that the issue was settled "years ago." That's what this is really all about. Cruz needs to actually apply for U.S. citizenship, provided that he still can.

    December 30, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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