O Canada: Cruz likely still a Canadian, if he ever was
August 20th, 2013
04:56 PM ET
9 years ago

O Canada: Cruz likely still a Canadian, if he ever was

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz, whether he likes it or not, is likely still a Canadian citizen.

While the Texas Republican - who legal experts suggested holds a dual U.S.-Canada citizenship - wrote in a statement Monday he was forsaking any Canadian citizenship derived from having been born in the country, the legal steps are more complex than simply a declaration of renunciation.

The website of Canada's citizenship and immigration agency lists several criteria for renouncing citizenship, all of which Cruz appears to meet. He'll need to first prove he's a Canadian citizen at all – a fact legal experts told the Dallas Morning News on Sunday was likely, since Cruz was born in Canada.

The senator will next need to prove he's a citizen of another country – in Cruz's case, the United States, where his mother was born.

He can't live in Canada (Cruz and his family live in Houston) and must be over 18. It's unlikely Canadian officials will find Cruz to be a threat to the nation's security, and Cruz shouldn't have trouble proving he understands the significance of renouncing his Canadian citizenship.

After those boxes are checked, Cruz will need to fill out a four-page application and pay 100 Canadian dollars to officially end his dual citizenship with America's neighbor to the north.

The outspoken lawmaker – who many consider a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – said Monday he wanted to end any Canadian citizenship he may hold.

"Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth, and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American," he wrote, adding he wasn't even aware he was a dual citizen until the subject was brought up over the weekend.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Matty C

    We don't want him in Canada either, send him back to Cuba!

    August 20, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Before you Americans try to send him back to Canada ... please be advised ... we don't want him either!

    August 20, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. Greenspam

    A Cuban, a Canadian, and an American walked into a bar, and the bartender said, "Hi Ted Cruz"

    August 21, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. WesternCanuck

    Even if he was born in Canada, he would qualify to be the President of the United States.........according to your constitution – No person except a natural born citizen, OR a citizen of the United States is eligible. Not sure what the issue is....really?!

    Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    August 21, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  5. astroguy

    So a sitting U.S. Senator just now becomes aware that he is a Canadian citizen, having been born there? A living, breathing subject of the British Monarchy? Not even a Presidential candidate yet but already a bald-faced liar. How hysterically funny that the idiots in Texas put a man in the Senate who lied (by omission) to them that he's a Canadian citizen. This is one Uncle Tom snake in the grass who needs to have his head whacked off quickly before his poison is spread any further.

    August 21, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  6. Thomas

    Please stay in Texas !

    August 21, 2013 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  7. Jan

    Trust me. We don't want anyone who is associated with the Republican Tea Party here in Canada........ Please keep him there.

    August 21, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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