Is Ted Cruz a true American?
I don’t mean to question Senator Cruz’s patriotism, just his nationality. As Arit John slyly suggests at The Atlantic Wire, it may actually be a question of law and documentation.
Let’s start with what we know.
- Back in August the Senator made clear his intention to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013.
- In December he claimed to have retained counsel to help him through the process.
- The process consists of downloading a four-page PDF, filling it out, and returning it with a fee.
Most graduates of Princeton and Harvard Law are able to fill out four-page forms. But it’s even simpler than that, because all the form tries to do is make sure you know what you’re doing and you’re not about to become stateless. If there are no legal or mental-status issues, you’re done, according to two immigration attorneys based in Canada whom John interviewed.
So why would Cruz retain counsel to help him through the process? He might not have proof that he’s an American citizen. His father wasn’t a citizen until 2005, and given that he was born in Canada his mother would need to show that she was present in the US for ten years before he was born, five of them before she was 14. Demonstrating that could require a goodly chunk of records like deeds, leases, and school documents, many of which would be difficult or impossible to retrieve.
Perhaps this might explain the abandon with which a supposedly intelligent person attacks the capacity of his own party to attract voters beyond the Tea Party: he can’t, at least at this point, prove himself legally qualified to run for President.
Posted by Chuck Dupree at January 04, 2014 02:37 AM
Ted may have another small problem:
Now that everyone knows that Ted Cruz was born in Canada, exactly which nationality was his nutty father claiming then? Given that Cruz has a serious habit of lying by omission, his father's nationality at his birth was probably Cuban. Poppa didn't become an American citizen until 2005.
Cruz lies by omission whenever possible, I'd want to see a full form certificate of naturalization in Canada for his father before I will believe that Cruz does not have three nationalities that he can claim. American from his mother, provided she did not become a Canadian citizen and renounce American citizenship while residing in Canada, Canadian because of where he was born and Cuban because Poppa was a Cuban.
Since his father "supported" Castro and had to "flee" Cuba from the Batista regime, this just might be a real problem for Teddy Cruz.
I can't get into Canadian census forms to find out if Poppa was Cuban.
A look at Poppa Cruz's application for American citizenship might be real interesting to read.