Ted Cruz’s citizenship

This is one of those articles where I’m tired of repeating myself and so everything I’m going to say about it is going to be written here.

Yes Ted Cruz is eligible for the office of president, here’s why.

It all starts from the beginning with Ted father Rafael. He was born in Cuba later he fled to America after fighting the communist. He gained American citizenship. His mother Elizabeth was born in Delaware.  Rafael met Elizabeth, After which they moved to Canada on a work visa and there was born Rafael Edward Cruz.

Ted Cruz Canadian Birth certificate

At this point by default Ted Cruz is given Dual Citizenship by default because he was simply born in Canada. However the story goes on.

A few years later the family returns to Texas never to go back to Canada again. Ted lives his whole life in America. Around middle school the kids were making fun of his name “Rafael”. He told his mother and she said

“you know, you could change your name”.

After much thought he settled on “Ted”- he liked Ted so that was the name he changed to in middle school. So yes Ted is his real legal name as his parents filed for a name change. He detailed this in his book “A Time For Truth”. 

Many years pass Ted goes through law school,  he builds up a hefty resume fighting for freedom in various courts including his short time as a director at the FTC fighting to preserve free market competition for online stores. later he runs and becomes a US Senator at which point his dual citizenship did not stop him or was even an issue. The rest you probably know.

Cruz actually didn’t know for the longest time he had dual citizenship, as far as he knew he only lived in America. He had no trouble getting a passport or drivers license through out his life, and there is a reason why which we’ll get to later. For now here’s what you really want to see:


Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship,  thus he is under the law completely a US citizen as of March 2014.

Besides that all of this doesn’t matter.

“The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that ‘natural born Citizen’ means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ including any child born ‘in’ the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements.” – congress law research 2011

Though Ted Cruz’s father is a Cuban immigrant it also does not matter.  According to the law it only has to be 1 parent for a foreign born child to be a natural born citizen… In Cruz’s case his mother. Even though his father was a citizen by the time he met his mother, but anyway… this goes back to the naturalization act of 1790 and is reiterated in 1940 naturalization act. None of this is new it’s just become more commonplace.

Now Ted did not need to renounce his Canadian citizenship under the law,  he was already eligible to be president. However he did it anyway in March 2014. He wanted to make sure there wasn’t any conspiracy, mystery or secret, he released all documents to the public for the sake of complete transparency. The process here is not complicated at all if you have further questions I refer you to Cruz’s own statements back in August 2014. Click Here for Cruz’s statements

The only reason we’re even discussing this now is because Donald Trump is insulting his competition in the race thinking you are a fool. Let me also refer you to his statements back in August when he said it was ok for Cruz to run… Donald Trump saying Cruz is eligible

Donald Trump even admitted in the 6th GOP debate, the only reason he brought this non-issue up was because Ted Cruz was suddenly surging in the polls.

Just to reiterate and clarify for any further confusion
My mother was in a very similar situation as Cruz. Her father American her mother a German immigrant. They were on a trip in Germany and mom was born. Because one parent was an American citizen she was by default given dual citizenship. She was not given a state birth certificate, hers was a federal birth certificate signed by Henry Kissinger, by default she too was naturalized in 1947 just after the US was fighting the Nazis. It was about 20 years ago when she decided to just renounce her german citizenship. When she did it was no problem at all it cost her $20 and a call to the German embassy.

She too is eligible to hold any public office… including the president’s office even without renouncing her dual citizenship, but she did it anyway even though she is not running for anything. The process she went through is identical to Cruz though some laws have changed since 1947, the process remained the same enough. Both My mother and Ted Cruz are natural born citizens under the law.

I don’t see a conspiracy or some deep dark cover up or mystery. US babies are born all around the globe just with people on vacations, wives or soldiers in the military, business trips or temporary out of country work. This kind of thing happens all the time, it doesn’t make a baby any less American. They are naturally born American because their parent is American.

For any further reading I recommend Harvard Law Review


Or you may refer to
Nationality Act of 1940, Section 201, 54 Stat. 1137, specifically provided that a child born outside the limits and jurisdiction of the United States is a U.S. citizen, provided the father or mother, or both, at the time of the birth of the child is a U.S. citizen.

(Btw – NO army bases are not considered US soil. I’m just tossing that in here because I could hear some thinking it, though it doesn’t pertain to Ted Cruz. Military bases are usually rented land the US gov rents from a foreign gov. It works not unlike the way you rent a house, we almost never own it. Babies born on foreign military bases are not born on American soil and so will have the same story as Ted Cruz. Example John McCain born in Panama).


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