from Dallas News:
Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledged late Monday that he probably has been a lifelong Canadian and vowed to renounce that citizenship now that he realizes he’s had it.
“The Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, said in a statement. “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.”
The News reported Monday that the circumstances of Cruz’s birth — in Canada but to an American mother — made him a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. That apparently came as startling news to the 42-year-old senator, who has been touring Iowa and other early-voting states in preparation for a White House bid.
The story went viral online, fueling a simmering debate about Cruz’s eligibility to run for U.S. president and complicating his political calculus.
Canada’s citizenship laws are similar to those of the U.S. Both provide for birthright citizenship, meaning that someone born on the country’s soil is automatically a citizen. Both also allow citizenship for children of its citizens, even if they are born outside the country.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, on Dec. 22, 1970. His mother is a lifelong U.S. citizen. His father, born in Cuba, remained a Cuban citizen until he was naturalized as an American in 2005. When Cruz was born, his parents were living in Canada, where they had opened a seismic-data business in the oil patch. Cruz lived in Canada until he was 4, and spent the rest of his childhood in Texas.
He released his birth certificate to The News in response to inquiries last week.
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