According to United States Constitution, Ted Cruz is a natural born American citizen, and a natural born Canadian citizen. “Natural born” means that one is legally entitled to citizenship at birth.
Ted Cruz has a mother who was a natural born American citizen. She and Ted Cruz’s father, a man who was born in Cuba, both resided in Canada when Cruz was born.
Because Cruz had one parent who was an American citizen, this automatically gave him American citizenship. Because he was born is Canada, this also granted him citizenship as a Canadian.
On Monday, Cruz said he would renounce his Canadian citizenship. “I got my U.S. passport in high school,” he said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.
“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,” he added. “Now The Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship. Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American.”
Senator Cruz may have to wait eight months to stop being Canadian
OTTAWA - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, who says he recently discovered he is likely a Canadian, must win security clearance from Canada's spy agency, fill out a four-page form and then wait up to eight months to sever his ties to America's northern neighbor.
. . . A nonrefundable C$100 ($96) fee is payable in advance.
"It's very, very uncommon ... . I've been practicing 26 years and I don't think I've ever seen anybody renounce it," said Guidy Mamann, an immigration lawyer with Toronto law firm Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada official Remi Lariviere said reasons for renunciation could include running in a foreign election or serving in a foreign military.
Ted Cruz's real name is Rafael Edward Cruz! Isn't Rafael the name of a terrorist? Oh, it sounds like it could be, doesn't it? #antichrist— Jill #UniteBlue (@jrosejames) August 20, 2013
Ted Cruz's Father was born in Cuba? Ted Cruz was born in Canada? Conspiracy! Ted Cruz is a secret Canadian sent to destroy the USA! LoLoLoL— A a r o n (@CysticDad) August 20, 2013
If Ted Cruz is such a smart, hot-shot Harvard trained lawyer, why didn't he know that he was a Canadian citizen? http://t.co/mvYTAgPmLa— The Fighting Liberal (@texyellowdogdem) August 20, 2013
😂😂😂😂: RT @dceiver Ted Cruz may also be a citizen of the Rhythm Nation.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) August 20, 2013
BREAKING: Orly Taitz says Ted Cruz's birth certificate uses a typeface that was "only available in Cuba in 1970"— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 19, 2013
Sure, Ted Cruz releases his birth certificate. But can we be CERTAIN he wasn't born in Kenya? http://t.co/bZt5Fgi64k— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) August 20, 2013
Whether he renounces his Canadian citizenship or not, Ted Cruz still hasn't apologized: http://t.co/3iFzx4LMXs pic.twitter.com/N41NuP5bDa
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) August 20, 2013
Canada Breathes Sigh Of Relief As Ted Cruz Denies Canadian Citizenship http://t.co/DnlD2yuvtK— Wonkette (@Wonkette) August 19, 2013
"North American?" @kasie: Sen. Ted Cruz not calling himself a natural-born citizen. Tells reporters: "I've been an American since birth."— techweenie (@techweenie) August 20, 2013