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. Kenneth Newman

    It certainly would be funny if the Canadians did MOST of us a favor and refused Ted Cruz's request. Of course, we could do a favor for ALL of us if WE deported Cruz to Cuba. Maybe Raul or Fidel might welcome him, just as they welcomed back Eilan after his American adventure.

    December 30, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rafael, you'll NEVER be POTUS. So there's no need to renounce your CANADIAN citizenship.

    December 30, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Nare

    Ted Cruz is the model of disloyalty.

    December 30, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. GREG

    The Senator is a lawyer who has argued cases before the Supreme Court and he wants us to believe that the didn't know about his Canadian citizenship. More proof that the man can not be trusted.

    December 30, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. mar

    This man is just remarkable. Makes little to no sense when talking. Doesn't seem to know what country he is a citizen in etc. He is a complete embaresment to the great state of Texas.

    December 30, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. ohioan

    Seriously, happy girl? Cruz doesn't act like a Canadian? As if all Canadians are on a higher level? That's what William Lederer would call an 'ugly Canadian.' Fear, intolerance and hate doesn't stop at the border, so don't delude yourself.

    December 30, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Ziri

    Does Ted Cruz have a birth certificate?

    December 30, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    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...
    ---------------------------------
    How correct you are. Every state has its' own "residency" requirements to political offices written into their constitutions. I'm not aware of any state with "citizenship" requirements, which means I simply have not tried to read all of them and don't plan on it. If Cruz is technically not eligible for a Texas political office, then that's Texas' problem.

    All I know is that the U.S. Constitution requires that you have 14 years of citizenship before becoming eligible to be POTUS. If Cruz claimed is U.S. citizenship now, then he's not eligible to be POTUS until 2028. He needs to get it done before the year 2013 has ended.

    December 30, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. GunnerGA

    He may have dual citizenship, but he is NOT NATURAL BORN AMERICAN and thus is not eligible to run for President. McCain got around this problem being born in Panama due to him being born on a US military based – ostensibly US soil for purposes of determining natural born birth or not. Cruz is truly Canadian as his birth was not in transit but rather intended and it took until he was 4 to leave Canada. That makes him ineligible.

    December 30, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. teresa cueva

    Ted Cruz is wasting his time and money, he will never be President of this great country.

    December 30, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Pandorastwin

    Clearly you people know nothing about immigration and citizenship. He is a dual citizen by birth right. Who really cares anyway, he is still an American citizen. Wow, does the crap ever stop with American's?? It's like you people will dig at anything just to find something to fight, pass judgement and gossip about. Maybe people need to pay attention to their own lives a little more and work on why they feel the need to be so hateful to their fellow Americans. These news blogs do nothing but allow people to bully and judge one another. It's not freedom of speech it's hate! There's a difference.

    December 30, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Periferalist

    Mike- Barak Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, by which time Hawaii had been a state for nearky 2 years. He's an American, not a Brit. As for his fathers' place of birth, kindly show me anywhere in the U.S. Constitution where it lists place of parents' birth as a qualification for Presidential eligibility. I'll save you the trouble- It's not there!

    December 30, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. garylaws1

    The issue is not one of citizenship. Obama's citizenship was never questioned. Cruz's citizenship is not in question. What IS IN QUESTION is that the constitution says if YOU BORN IN ANOTHER COUNTRY you cannot be President. Cruz was born in Canada, citizenship notwithstanding!

    December 30, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Trevor David Hitchin

    Hey Teddy....want to trade citizenship w me? I would like to go home....to Canada. TX scares me....bad things happen in Texas. You wasting $10 million dollars to read Seusse was an insult to The Good Doctor, literacy in general, and made me wonder 'Who's minding the Store....'

    Men died in Europe and came home to grow 'this?'....'you?'. Good grief...

    December 30, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. bert

    Show us the proof Cruz! You and Obama are now in the same pot! You can't run and your a turncoat...calling Obama's kettle what? Can't beat this with a stick!

    December 30, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Kenneth Newman

    So these Texas Tea Party animals just can't get it right. They vote for a guy born outside the USA, who's got foreign citizenship, as well as a dad who fought with Fidel and Raul, and then they claim that communism is SO bad, yet they will vote for a guy with communist roots.

    December 30, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Periferalist

    Last time I checked, in order to be eliglible to be President of The United States, you have be be a natural born citizen (18th century legalese for "Born in any of the States of America"), be at least 35 years od, and have lived in the country for at least 14 years. Ted Cruz was born in Canada, and is therefore ineligible to be president, no matter what his ego, the Tea Party or Fox News says to the contrary.

    December 30, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. GeoMe

    To my understanding the constitutional politics of the United States say that anybody born out of the Unites States is a foreigner. But the United States welcomes the foreigners but Mr. Ted Cruz rejects the foreigners even though he is one himself.

    December 30, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. herrick9

    Let's see if I have this right....Ted Cruz was born in Canada to Canadian and Cuban parents, lives in a foreign country that being Texas and now somehow wants to negate that Canadian citizenship with the stewardship of his counsel and resident birth expert, Donald Trump...

    Now this really could be fun.....

    December 30, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Max

    way to stay true to your home country jerk. Can the United States revoke his American citizenship so he has no country to return to just so we can send him out on a broken sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico?

    December 30, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Funny how the GOP sees a white CANADIAN as more American than an African American born in Hawaii.
    Of course this is just a coincidence and has nothing to do with racism.

    December 30, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    GunnerGA

    He may have dual citizenship, but he is NOT NATURAL BORN AMERICAN and thus is not eligible to run for President. McCain got around this problem being born in Panama due to him being born on a US military based – ostensibly US soil for purposes of determining natural born birth or not.
    ---------------------------–
    Arguing over whether or not Crus is a "natural born citizen" is the argument that he want to have because he knows that he can win it. The phrase "natural born citizen" is vague, and formally defined anywhere in the founding documents. This "i'm automatically a citizen" debate is a smoke screen to hide the debate that he cannot win, which, according to Cruz himself, is that he's never officially applied for U.S. citizenship.

    Cruz fails the constitutional citizenship requirement to be POTUS by at least 14 years, if he's never applied for it.

    December 30, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Where's his GREEN CARD that's required to work here, where is Donald Trump and the BIRTHERS, where's the Ethic Committee headed by Darryl Issa who is always pushing hearings on Democrats, where are the Republicans/teabagges who always tout the Constitution and it's legality against Obama. Cruz should be picked up by ICE and deported for no Green Card.

    December 30, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Richp14

    I would think Canada would be happy to revoke his citizenship, but what about Cuba? He's every bit Cuban as he is Canadian

    December 30, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. ty

    Great news we don't want him. He can make a fool of himself and be all american at the same time, those things are synonymous.

    December 30, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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