Ted Cruz Admits He's Canadian, Plans to Renounce Citizenship

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Yesterday, Ted Cruz released his Canadian birth certificate and claimed he wasn’t Canadian. That was an extremely brazen lie, because Canada has birthright citizenship.

Now that people digested the story for a day and the birthright fact was widely discussed, Cruz admitted it and said he will renounce his Canadian citizenship:

“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…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.

Do you believe this constitutional lawyer didn’t know about his Canadian citizenship? The man is caught in an obvious lie, perhaps the most arrogant of his many. It’s amazing is he didn’t think he’d get caught on his Canadian citizenship, and how monumentally stupid he believes Americans are.

The U.S. Department of State’s rule on a foreign birth to one or more American parents is this:

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met.

What are those requirements? DOS continues:

The child’s parents parents should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (CRBA) to document that the child is a citizen. If the U.S. embassy or consulate determines that the child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, a consular officer will approve the CRBA application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA, also called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name.

Failure to promptly document a child who meets the statutory requirements for acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth may cause problems for the parents and the child when attempting to establish the child’s U.S. citizenship and eligibility for the rights and benefits of U.S. Citizenship.

Where’s that Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America? There isn’t one. Yesterday, Cruz’s spokesperson said he “never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen.” That means Cruz’s parents never acquired a CRBA.

If he didn’t, then he would have to go through the American naturalization process and thus clearly be ineligible to run for president under the constitution. Is Ted Cruz undocumented? Could the man who opposes all pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants not have documents himself?

Hmm. It’s extremely unlikely anyone in power will actually challenge Cruz on his claim that he can run for president. For some reason it’s considered rude to do so.

But it sure is delicious to have a very legitimate case building that a Cruz campaign would be illegal.


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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.


  1. US Citizenship for Cruz
    “It's extremely unlikely anyone in power will actually challenge Cruz on his claim that he can run for president. For some reason it's considered rude to do so.”

    It's considered rude to do so if the potential candidate is a Republican.  I haven't noticed any reluctance to do so for Democrats running for President.

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