Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that he plans to renounce his Canadian citizenship, which he only learned about earlier in the day from a newspaper report.
“Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship. Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement late Monday.
“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.
Cruz was born in Calgary on December 22, 1970, according to a copy of his birth certificate he provided to the Dallas Morning News this past weekend.
“Born in Canada to an American mother, Ted Cruz became an instant U.S. citizen. But under Canadian law, he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
“Sen. 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,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier initially told the Dallas newspaper.
Thus, it seems Cruz didn’t even know about the dual citizenship until Monday.
Despite mainstream media comparisons between the Cruz case and the “birther” theories surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate, Sen. Cruz is still an American citizen, and he’s admirably vowing to take the correct action to purge himself of his ties to Celine Dion’s country.