Ted Cruz Renouncing Canadian Citizenship For US Presidential Aspiration

Ted Cruz Is Renouncing Canadian Citizenship.

Cruz is a US Senator from Texas who was born in Calgary in 1970 to an cruzAmerican mother and a Cuban father. His father was working as an engineer.

Cruz only recently learned he is still considered a US citizen. He moved to US as a child and thought he was not a Canadian citizen because he had never claimed Canadian citizenship and has had only a US passport since high school.

“Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter.”

Sound familiar? Well, at least he knows Canada won’t try to FATCA or FBAR him.

Cruz insists he is entitled to serve as President because he was American at birth” through is mother’s citizenship.

Hmm. He’s a Tea Party Republican. I wonder what all those birthers who insist Obama should not be President because he wasn’t born in US (despite a birth certificate from Hawaii) will say about this.

Allison Christians sums it up nicely in Only Reason Why Ted Cruz’s Citizenship Is Interesting.

In the grand scheme of things Ted Cruz’s citizenship is a non-story. But for what it illustrates about citizenship-based taxation, it could be the story of the century.

Now, how do we make this work for us?

 

7 thoughts on “Ted Cruz Renouncing Canadian Citizenship For US Presidential Aspiration

  1. @Hazy, don’t get me started on voter fraud in the U.S. I got a huge slap in the face rude awakening in 08, I’ll never forget that. My fellow democrats cheating each other out of their voting rights and getting away with it in plain view all so the party could scoop up and get the one who would bring in the most $$$$ behind closed doors to the “party”. It was sickening and not reported on at all to the degree it fully deserved. Little old black ladies being turned away at their polls being told”If you’re not voting for x candidate today don’t even come in here.”, disabled people in wheelchairs having someone come up and raise their hand FOR THEM at caucuses saying “Look over here! She voted for x!!” , people locked out of caucus buildings to the point the police had to be called, sign in sheets with the same hand writing “voting” twenty and thirty times. Names not lining up with districts at all. On and on and on. Mostly this was in caucus states and it was disgraceful. The convention in Denver was even worse. Corrupt beyond belief. They have a charter and a voting rule book. By the end of the debacle you might as well throw the rule book and the charter both out the window.

    Yes, Canada has it’s problems with voting issues but, no way it’s anything like what goes on down there. If people only knew!

  2. @Hazy…oh, good lord no! They are so nuts down there you don’t know who they might end up electing…lol! I wouldn’t want to see this man as potus or pm. I’d hate to see the laws get any worse than they already are for women there. I do still have young female relatives down there! Lilly Ledbetter didn’t even have any legs and they still won’t vote in ERA after over 90 years since Alice Paul first introduced it. I am SO glad I live in Canada! This way FATCA is the only battle in front of me. If I lived in the U.S. I’d have a hell of a time living a normal life with so much going on that’s wrong. Canada is not perfect but, at least they don’t argue basic rights every time you turn around.

    • @ atticusincanada

      I recently read a Harper’s magazine article about voting rights and voting fraud, written just before the last U.S. election.Even though we had robocalls and other irregularities in the last Canadian federal election, it’s nothing compared to what is going on in the U.S.

      http://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/

      If reading the article, note the references to Chuck Hagel, Obama’s Defense Secretary (on page 3).

  3. Another take on Ted Cruz from an American ex-pat living in Amsterdam:

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2013/Pres/Maps/Aug20.html#item-1

    “Cruz has another problem besides finding his mother’s phone bills. Since he was born in Canada, he is a natural born Canadian citizen. Some people might even call him an “anchor baby.” He can vote in Canada, request a Canadian passport, or run for Parliament. Legally, he could even be President of the United States and Prime Minister of Canada at the same time”

    President and Prime Minister at the same time- now that’s an interesting scenario.

  4. I don’t know if we can make it work for us. He’s on the other, easy, side of the equation from us. Although it’s tempting to wish he’d have same stress and travail that we’re going through, so that he could understand, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

  5. Here’s more from Dallas News on Ted Cruz.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130818-dual-citizenship-may-pose-problem-if-ted-cruz-seeks-presidency.ece

    Allison Christians is quoted:

    “They can feel as American as they want. But 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.”

    The article also says

    Unlike the U.S., which requires its citizens to pay taxes no matter where they live in the world, Canada only taxes people who reside there.

    Somebody gets it!

    So there’s rarely much reason to relinquish Canadian citizenship.

    Unless, of course, you want to be President of United States of Arrogance!

    In that case:

    For Cruz, though, it may become a political imperative. Though it would not affect his eligibility for the presidency, he could face questions about whether it’s appropriate for a commander in chief to have dual citizenship.

    You think?

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