(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.
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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.
Where are the birthers?
The Cuban dropping the Canadian citizenship to become president of the United States. Only in America in the Republican party!
Since you are a U.S. Senator, it is also appropriate that you renounce your moronic idiocy.
Ted Cruz said he did not realized he has dual citizenship until the Dallas newspaper raised the issue in August???? What's a Slimy-Snaky Politician !!!!!!!!!!.
Sorry, but the rules are different when one parent is not a United States citizen. For him to qualify his mother would have had to live in the United States for a number of years. prior to his birth, instead she was in Mexico. His father didn't become a naturalized American citizen until the 90's.
To drop his Canadian citizenship he needs to prove that he's an American citizen. I don't think that he can.
Keep the Canadian citizenship. We have enough wackos in this country NOW. We don't need another one in Washington. After seeing your work in Congress, I think your'e giving up the wrong citizenship.
This definitely requires the "Birther Test " to be applied....you can't always believe those darn birth certificates that people produce....right Tea Party? Let's get Donald Trump involved as well ....we need a good Tea Party Circus for the new year.
Canadians should rejoice today. One less dimwit!
He's Canadian - born in a foreign country to a foreign father - and will never be legally eligible for the U.S. Presidency. Right birthers? LMAO!!! Now you've shot yourselves in the foot, haven't you?
So I'm to believe that one one hand, Cruz is a brilliant, Harvard educated guy, and on the other hand he only figured out recently that he was a Canadian citizen!?!?!?!?
OK, a Harvard trained lawyer that should know that naturally acquired citizenship is irrevocable by the state (at least the U.S. and Canada) and only the individual can take steps to renounce citizenship. An attempt to sidestep the issue of dual citizenship and why, until this point, it wasn't that important. He's a U.S. and Canadian citizen and I have not problem with that. He meets the basic Presidential qualifications. Motive, political acumen and other things will determine whether Sen. Cruz is 'qualified'. I don't need Mr. Trump's validation nor should politician be kissing his ring. It smacks of allegiance to big business.
hahaha... pot calling the kettle black... that's hilarious
Nothing like spitting on your ancestors
Sen. Cruz is going to unnecessary lengths to look like an idiot. All he needs to do is fill out Form CIT 0302, available online WITH INSTRUCTIONS, fill out that form, pay the fee, and he's done. No need for a lawyer (Cruz won't bill the taxpayers for that, will he?), no need for a press release, and no need to draw attention to the fact that he's four years late. I assume this is his way of keeping his name in the news while Congress takes a completely unjustified and unearned month-long holiday. Will he have another press release when he decides to renounce his Cuban citizenship?
actually its .........CANADA trying to dump Cruz.........
There is nothing Canadian about him. I would love to see my Government just state outright fine you are not longer a Canadian. Do what we do best, help this poor person in their quest.
You will NEVER be a real American Cruz. Not ever. You are a Canadian – period. Foreign-born, birther issue will reignite soon enough.
Cuba is our best friend, so that will clear the way for him to become President.
Can we renounce his US Citizenship?
What a complete loser! Trying to renounce citizenship in an apparent effort to make himself more appealing in a presidential run.
But, as a Canadian, I'm only happy to remove this wingnut from any Canadian ties.
wont help him become president so keep him in texas where he belongs
Good riddance. Please don't ever come back.
It's hard to be a bigot when your an alien.
Once a Canadian, always a Canadian. Embrace your Canuck roots, Ted.
Well this is good news for Canadians, they'll have one less demented wing nut to worry about.