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Cruz Takes Action to Renounce Canadian Citizenship.

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By Greg Richter

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has hired lawyers to officially renounce his Canadian citizenship and expects the process to be completed in 2014, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Cruz says he was not aware of his dual citizenship until it was brought to his attentionby the newspaper earlier this year.

Cruz’s parents were living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when he was born on Dec. 22, 1970. Though his mother was an American citizen and his father a Cuban citizen at the time, Cruz became an automatic Canadian citizen just by being born in that country. The United States has the same policy.

But Cruz was also born an American citizen since at least one of his parents, in this case his mother, was an American citizen. Cruz’s father has since become a naturalized American. The Cruz family moved to the United States when Ted was 4 years old.

The dual citizenship doesn’t disqualify Cruz for elected office, including the presidency, but many think his circumstances could recall the “birther” movement, in which some conservative foes of President Barack Obama challenged his qualifications because they believe he was not born in the United States.

Like Cruz’s situation, Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen, but his mother was. That aside, Hawaiian officials have produced a birth certificate showing he was born in the state of Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961.

Though Cruz is just finishing up his freshman year in the U.S. Senate he already is being talked about as a possible GOP frontrunner in the 2016 presidential primaries.

Cruz told The Dallas Morning News he has not attempted to renounce his citizenship previously because he wasn’t even aware he had it. His mother had told him he would have had to make an affirmative act to have claimed it.

Further, he said, “There was no reason to retain counsel to analyze Canadian law, because it wasn’t relevant to anything I was doing.”

Now, serving as a U.S. Senator, he says, he believes it is improper to be a citizen of another country. He does not, however, have any ill will toward America’s northern neighbor, he said.

As for a presidential bid, Cruz gave the same line he always does when asked about any political plans: “My political perspective is focused on representing the state of Texas.”

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Cruz Faces New Questions As Birth Certificate Is Published.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

The publication of Sen. Ted Cruz‘ Canadian birth certificate is rekindling arguments about whether he is qualified to be president.

Under Canadian law, Cruz’s birth in Canada automatically makes him a Canadian citizen and opens him up to claims that his loyalties may potentially be divided, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Officials at Citizenship and Immigration Canada declined to directly discuss Cruz’s case without a signed privacy waiver.

“Generally speaking, under the Citizenship Act of 1947, those born in Canada were automatically citizens at birth unless their parent was a foreign diplomat,” ministry spokeswoman Julie Lafortune told the Dallas Morning News.

The United States Constitution allows only “natural-born” American citizens to serve as president, a definition that has caused confusion going back two centuries, when President Chester A. Arthur fought off claims that he was born in Canada.

In recent years there have been more controversies.

John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee,was born on a naval air base in the Panama Canal Zone to American parents. Many people still maintain that President Barack Obama has failed to prove that he was born in Hawaii. He had an American mother and Kenyan father.

Sen. Marco Rubio, another potential Republican presidential candidate, was born in the United States to two Cuban nationals.

Cruz — a first-term Texas Republican and tea party favorite — was born on Dec. 22 1970, in Calgary to a Cuban father and an American mother. Should he run for president, he could encounter the same accusations that have dogged Obama.The so-called “birther” movement continues to insists Obama was born in Africa.

Donald Trump, who demanded Obama’s birth certificate, said on Aug. 11 on ABC’s “This Week” that he questions whether Cruz will be eligible to run for the presidency.

“If he was born in Canada, perhaps not,” Trump said. “I don’t know the circumstances.”

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, told the Dallas Morning News that 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, so there is nothing to renounce.”

For his part, Cruz has asserted he is an American by birth, and is eligible to run.

His father, Rafael, was born in Cuba, and fled the native country for Texas in 1957. He did not become a naturalized American until 2005. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were living in Canada when their son was born, and they remained until he was 4.

“If you leave when you’re 2 minutes old, you’re still an American. It’s the same in Canada,” said Allison Christians, a law professor at McGill University in Montreal. “He’s a Canadian citizen. The question of citizenship is determined by the law of the territory in which you were physically born,” she said. “It’s not up to the Cruz family to decide whether they’re citizens.”

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Canada to revoke citizenship from 3,100 people.

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has begun revoking citizenship from 3,100 people that the government said obtained it fraudulently, the country’s immigration minister said Monday.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that in most of the fraud cases, applicants paid a representative to prove they were living in Canada to establish residency when they were, in fact, living abroad.

Permanent residents must reside in Canada for three out of four consecutive years before applying for Canadian citizenship. To retain their status as permanent residents, they must live in Canada for two out of five years, with rare exceptions.

Criminal investigations by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency have found that a family of five could pay over $25,000 over four or more years to create the illusion of Canadian residence.

The government said it is also investigating thousands of others who may have lied to obtain or maintain permanent residency. Kenney said anyone caught committing fraud will be stripped of citizenship and residence status.

“Canadian citizenship is not for sale,” Kenney said during a news conference Monday. “We will not stand idly by and allow people to lie and cheat their way into Canadian citizenship.”

Kenney has said that Canada’s per-capita immigration rate remains one of the highest in the world, with the country welcoming 248,660 permanent residents in 2011. An average of about 250,000 immigrants has been admitted to Canada annually since 2006, which the immigration department calls the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history.

The minister said a crack-down on immigration fraud started three years ago, with nearly 11,000 individuals potentially implicated in lying to apply for citizenship or maintain permanent resident status.

He said federal agencies have so far removed or denied admittance to more than 600 former permanent residents linked to the investigations.

Kenney also said he is planning to introduce amendments to the Citizenship Act that would require immigration consultants to be members of a regulatory body, which he said may help crack down on crooked consultants.


By CHARMAINE NORONHA | Associated Press

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