Ted Cruz Renounces Canadian Citizenship

Ted Cruz's citizenships issues posed a problem.

Ted Cruz’s citizenships issues posed a problem.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz formally renounced his Canadian citizenship Tuesday, in an effort to prevent criticism of his “natural born” status from derailing his political career.

“Being a US senator representing Texas, it makes sense he should be only an American citizen,” said Cruz aide Catherine Frazier.

A copy of a Canadian document, which has been put online, certifies the senator had “formally renounced Canadian citizenship and pursuant to the Citizenship Act will cease to be a citizen.”

Cruz filed the renouncement on May 14, reports UPI.

Cruz has become a favorite among members of the grassroots conservative Tea Party movement after winning his Senate seat in 2012. His strong stands against Obamacare and support for core conservative principles have short-listed him as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

The Dallas Morning News reported last August that Senator Cruz was in fact a Canadian citizen by virtue of his birth in Canada. When Cruz was born in 1970, his native-born American mother and Cuban émigré father were living in Calgary. Because his mother was an American citizen, Cruz was born with the right to run for president even though he was not born in America.

A copy of Ted Cruz's Canadian birth certificate

A copy of Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth certificate

As neither parent was Canadian, Cruz’s family assumed he only had American citizenship.

A possible Cruz presidential campaign could be bogged down by issues of his “natural born” status. The U.S. Constitution says only those born in the United States, or “natural born” citizens, can run for president. A similar issue plagued U.S. President Barack Obama when he ran for the office in 2008.

“Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American,” Cruz said.

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