WASHINGTON — Born in Canada to an American mother, Ted Cruz became an instant U.S. citizen. But under Canadian law, he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born.
Unless the Texas Republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say.
That means he could assert the right to vote in Canada or even run for Parliament. On a lunch break from the U.S. Senate, he could head to the nearby embassy — the one flying a bright red maple leaf flag — pull out his Calgary, Alberta, birth certificate and obtain a passport.
“He’s a Canadian,” said Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section.
The circumstances of Cruz’s birth have fueled a simmering debate over his eligibility to run for president. Knowingly or not, dual citizenship is an apparent if inconvenient truth for the tea party firebrand, who shows every sign he’s angling for the White House.
J. H. Cristo – how freaking hard is it to find an American born classic liberal to run?
I know that there are a lot of opinions on the interpretation of “natural-born” and the standards that have developed over time, some I agree with, some I don’t – but there is one thing I do know – I was born at Shands Hospital on Main Street in New Albany, Mississippi (can’t get more “Main Street/Small Town America” than that) – to parents who were both natural-born US citizens, one born at Cotton Plant and the other in the unincorporated Center/Lebanon community, both in north Mississippi.
Utah 2016. He Ain’t Canadian.
I’m just sayin’.