Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
7 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. Will

    Where are the birthers?

    December 29, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Vence

    The Cuban dropping the Canadian citizenship to become president of the United States. Only in America in the Republican party!

    December 29, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Actorvist

    Since you are a U.S. Senator, it is also appropriate that you renounce your moronic idiocy.

    December 29, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. beatrueleader

    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 !!!!!!!!!!.

    December 29, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. rednip

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Bob Dalzell

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. John316

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Ak

    Canadians should rejoice today. One less dimwit!

    December 29, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Patrick Quon

    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?

    December 29, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. RJ

    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!?!?!?!?

    December 29, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Socalmcgraw

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. TheZel

    hahaha... pot calling the kettle black... that's hilarious

    December 29, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. bspurloc

    quitter...
    Nothing like spitting on your ancestors

    December 29, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Jasmine Lindros

    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?

    December 29, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. T

    actually its .........CANADA trying to dump Cruz.........

    December 29, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Fiz Banic

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. America1st

    You will NEVER be a real American Cruz. Not ever. You are a Canadian – period. Foreign-born, birther issue will reignite soon enough.

    December 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Brian Smith

    Cuba is our best friend, so that will clear the way for him to become President.

    December 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. NYVeteran

    Can we renounce his US Citizenship?

    December 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Sean

    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.

    December 29, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. john

    wont help him become president so keep him in texas where he belongs

    December 29, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. All of Canada

    Good riddance. Please don't ever come back.

    December 29, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. asdfsadf

    It's hard to be a bigot when your an alien.

    December 29, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. dondiego

    Once a Canadian, always a Canadian. Embrace your Canuck roots, Ted.

    December 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. RickFromTexas

    Well this is good news for Canadians, they'll have one less demented wing nut to worry about.

    December 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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