Ted Cruz Renounces Canadian Citizenship

Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 09:42 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Sen. Ted Cruz has said goodbye to Canada.

The Texas Republican, who found out last year that he had dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, vowed to renounce his Canadian citizenship after the discovery.

ABC News reports that Cruz went ahead and cut his legal ties with America's northern neighbor on May 14. He received confirmation of the legal change Tuesday.

"Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and, as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American," Cruz said in a statement last summer.

The ABC News report includes a copy of Cruz's renunciation certificate.

Cruz's mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba, although he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. At the time of Cruz's birth, they worked in the oil industry and were living in Calgary. The family relocated to Houston when Cruz was 4.

"When I was a kid, when I was four, we moved from Calgary back down to Houston; I grew up in Houston, Cruz told ABC News  last August. "And when I was a kid my mother told me, if I ever wanted, I could affirmatively choose to claim Canadian citizenship because I was born there."

Cruz hired an immigration lawyer to begin the process and prepare the necessary paperwork.

The move is a tactical one for Cruz, a potential candidate for president in 2016. By cutting his ties to Canada after having proven last summer through his birth certificate that he is, in fact, a U.S. citizen, he squashed any potential controversy. In order to be president, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen by birth.

Cruz's situation brings to mind the controversy surrounding Barack Obama and whether or not he was born in Kenya or the United States. He ultimately produced a birth certificate that showed he was born in Hawaii, but critics, called "birthers," remain skeptical.

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