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Senator Ted Cruz

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz has for the first time released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News. According to that document(see below) Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada to an American mother and Cuban father making him a dual citizen of both Canada and The United States. While the U.S. Constitution allows only “natural born” American citizens to serve as president – most legal scholars agree that includes an American born overseas to an American parent, such as in Cruz’s situation but the Constitution actually says nothing about people born with dual citizenship.

Dated January 21st, a month after his actual birth, the BC shows that Rafael Edward Cruz(Ted) was born to geophysical consultant Rafael Bienvenido Cruz who was born in Matanzas, Cuba. Cruz’s mother, the former Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, was born in Wilmington, Delaware.  Her U.S. citizen status made baby Ted a U.S. citizen at birth because U.S. law requires only one parent be a U.S. citizen for at least a decade in the United States prior to their offspring’s birth.

Cruz’s mother also registered his birth with the U.S. consulate. Rafael Cruz is now a pastor in Dallas and himself a naturalized American citizen as of 2005.

The circumstances surrounding Cruz’s citizenship have ignited a heated debate concerning the Tea Party gunslinger’s eligibility to run for U.S. president which many suspect he will be aiming for in 2016.

Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier seemed to have no knowledge of the Senator’s Canadian citizenship:

“Senator Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and he never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen. To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship.”

Those opposed to a Cruz presidency, mostly Obama/Hillary supporters and dyed-in-the-wool democrats who have for years refused to acknowledge the current President’s citizenship woes,  have dubbed Cruz “Canadian Ted” – and insist he can’t run for U.S. president because he wasn’t born on U.S. soil but Cruz, himself a Harvard trained attorney and former clerk for the U.S. Chief Justice, vehemently disagrees claiming that being an American citizen by birth makes him eligible.

It will be interesting to see, if Cruz does in fact toss his hat into the 2016 presidential ring – if his fellow republican counterparts will attack his dual citizenship status during the primaries. If Cruz were to win the nomination and go on to run for president in 2016, you can bet that his democrat challenger(Hillary Clinton most likely) will make it the flagship argument of their campaign against a Cruz presidency.

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UPDATE:
Ted Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship in statement