Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
8 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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  1. EPAB

    To this day there are Americans who question Obama's citizenship,
    and he was BORN in this Country. Now comes Cruz who ADMITS he was born outside the Country. Will the birthers vote for Cruz if he becomes the GOP presidential candidate? Of course they will! Typical Goofy Old Party hypicrisy.

    December 29, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. dd

    As a Canadian, I am relieved.

    December 29, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. amlcpamaine

    This voter-exploiter is so ambitious that he would do ANYTHING to get what he wants. Forget about any family cultural history or any upholding of citizenship ideals. What will be his downfall is the same thing that brings down many of these GOP president-wannabe's: he listens only to those who agree with his BS, so he'll never understand who little support he has from the overall populace. And despite all the support he might get from the Koch Bros and other tea party silent puppeteers, the world has seen the destruction done by Rove-isms and won't be handing government to the rich few anymore.

    December 29, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Too bad he has Canadian citizenship (via Canada 'jus soli' nationality law) and Cuban citizenship via Cuba's 'jus sanguinis' nationality law on any first generation child born to a Cuban citizen (Rafael at the time of Crazy Teddy's birth was solely a Cuban subject of Fidel Castro). Under Article 29-Section III of the Cuban constitution, Teddy is Cuban as a cigar and get this, he can't renounce his citizenship. The National Council of State in Havana that regulates nationality in the island nation does not allow renouncement. You can only lose it if you commit an act of treason against Cuba. This alone will prevent him and Marco 'Marky Muck' Rubio ineligible for the White House as the President is Commander of Chief of the Armed Forces and must not owe allegiance to any other nation in order to gain top level security access set by the Pentagon. Pass this information to everyone in the 50 States and DC. Make sure they file a lawsuit with your state's Board of Elections preventing their names from appearing on the national ballot should they win the GOP nod (which they won't). I guarantee you will be successful unlike that nutcase Orly Taitz (a hypocritice born in Moldova, who has Moldovan-Russian-Israeli-U.S. citizenship) who files birther lawsuits against the President.

    December 29, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why can't the xenophobic republican party actually find a candidate who was born within our borders. They look like hypocrites.

    December 29, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. wally

    Hey tea-party folks,
    Didn't he SHUT DOWN the US Government? Since he IS NOT a full us Citizen, isn't this an act of terrorism by a foreign national? Maybe he should wait in Gitmo while we sort this out.

    His father was Cuban, maybe he is a sleeper cell for Cuba.

    Come on Birthers. He was admittedly born in Canada, not to a military or diplomatic parent stationed there. Say bye-bye to the Whitehouse Ted.
    People in glass houses.........

    December 29, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Matt

    Mr. Cruz likes to read children's books at congressional hearings..... Green eggs and ham? And we the people voted for this guy....

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. HenryNewton32

    If Cruz doesn't sign up for Obamacare he is gonna need that dual citizenship if he needs some of that socialist Canadian medical care.

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Craig

    Two quick thoughts.

    1. When he's done doing this, will he renounce his membership in the human race? It would be fitting as he clearly doesn't much care what happens to other people...unless their rich or educated as he is. Remember, he didn't want low lifes in his Law School study group.

    2. He states he "assumed" he wasn't a Canadian citizen. Apparently, despite the notable claims about his place of birth, and although he's a trained lawyer, it never occurred to him to check the facts. That's pretty much his whole approach to governance too...don't bother with the facts because they don't support what I want to do!

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Topher

    Let him go, Texas deserves him.

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Olaf Big

    His vestigial Canadian citizenship is no issue, but even mentioning a conversation with Donald Trump in the context of citizenship questions is ridiculous and suggests that Cruz will bend over double to get an endorsement of every crackpot in the republican party, and that's not a good start.

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Chaos

    "Cruz has said in the past he planned to renounce his citizenship... ...said before that he wasn't aware he was still legally tied to Canada until the Dallas newspaper raised the issue in August"

    He planned to renounce something that, in his mind, didn't even exist?

    December 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Roland

    So if Obamas mom was a US CITIZEN and he was born in Kenya. Never mind,

    December 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Chris

    He's either a moron or a liar or both. There's no way he would not know he was a Canadian citizen, given that he's a senator, a lawyer, former Texas attorney general, etc. If these politicians would just be honest (listening Sarah Palin?) they would do so much better.

    December 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. get real

    "United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen."
    So, why was President Obama's birth certificate an issue?

    December 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Cathy

    The "birthers" wanted Obama to prove he was born on US soil, otherwise they claimed he was not "natural born" and could not be president. Where are the birthers now? Cruz admits he was born in another country to only one American parent. Why aren't they claiming Cruz can't be president?

    December 29, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Mufadal

    This is absurd, when a republican senator has to renounce his citizenship, there is no uproar than the same red neck party making so much fuss about Obama's birth certificate. If this would have been Obama instead of Cruz, the republicans would have made such a big deal! just like budget cuts, bengazi, the lists goes on....

    December 29, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. simplyput

    If THIS doesn't give you some idea of the lack of credibility in donkey-land, I don't know what will.

    December 29, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. RandyAB

    It would be nice to have this buffoon disassociated from Canada.

    December 29, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. redflorist

    Lets see how much hate filled comments this article gets. Don't you guys have anything better to do with your lives?

    December 29, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. ThatGuy

    "Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American," he said."

    Why are putting so much emphasis on trivia? It's like people need to literally change their ID to avoid providing fodder for character assassins.

    December 29, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Edward

    Oh I am sure Canada can help him. We will be glad that he can never take up residence here.

    December 29, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Smeagel4T

    Ha! I'd think Canada would expedite the request and declare him persona non-grata all at the same time.

    December 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Willy Nilly

    I'd rather he just returned to the home of his birth and stayed there.

    December 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Great news...

    This is great news... saves us from having to get an ad-hoc committee together. Most Canadians would be ashamed to claim you as one of ours. Thanks Ted!

    December 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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