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Ted Cruz forks over his birth certificate as new ‘birther’ movement circles in

Ted Cruz has produced his mother’s birth certificate after controversy arose that put his eligibility for president in question. The Cruz campaign revealed the certificate to conservative news outlet Breitbart, which shows that Cruz’s mother was born in Delaware in 1934.

Ted Cruz has produced his mother’s birth certificate after controversy arose that put his eligibility for president in question. The Cruz campaign revealed the certificate to conservative news outlet Breitbart, which shows that Cruz’s mother was born in Delaware in 1934.

The controversy stems from comments repeatedly made by Donald Tump, who often points out that Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Alan Grayson, a Democrat representative from Florida, threatened to create a lawsuit to challenge Cruz’s eligibility if he became a candidate for president.

Of course, the entire situation is similar to the fit many Republicans threw when Obama initially ran for office in 2008. However, while Obama birthers doubted that Obama was born in Hawaii — they claimed he was born in Kenya — it is clear that Cruz was born in Canada.

According to the Constitution, a president must be a “natural-born citizen.” Although that definition is debated, most constitutional scholars believe that if one parent is a United States citizen, the child inherits the citizenship.

Since courts have never ruled on the issue of a candidate being born outside of the United States, Cruz’s citizenship may come under fire if he wins the nomination. Grayson raised another issue: Cruz’s mother may have not been a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth in 1970.

Both of Cruz’s parents are listed on a 1974 Canadian Federal voting list. In order for one to participate in Canadian federal elections, the voter must be a Canadian citizen. Becoming a Canadian citizen requires an oath of allegiance, and pledging allegiance to another country voids one’s American citizenship.

However, being on a Federal voting list may not automatically mean that someone is a Canadian citizen, so Cruz’s official candidacy is very much up in the air.

Cruz’s citizenship is certainly quite complicated, much more so than Obama’s.

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  1. Ruede

    January 9, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Please keep him, Canada doesn’t want him back

  2. Jim Smith

    January 9, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Ted Cruz is one of those that demands to void our/my Constitution and mix religion and Govt so this leads to my question regarding his birth, eligibility, competence, knowledge of US Constitution, bottom line, Who cares?, he can not possibly support the laws and rules of this country on that basis alone? TC is a nutcase, rightwing, bible thumper who preaches each time he speaks and is unelectable except in the media where the more out there you are, the more attention you muster, obviously! Colin Powell warned of the implosion and you are witnessing it.

  3. marc fried

    January 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    The issue was always WHEN did his mother become a citizen: before or after he was born. Once that is settled the case/controversy is settled…

  4. Team Paulo

    January 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Everybody knows that Ted Cruz is a second generation “Manchurian Candidate” sent by Fidel Castro to destroy the U.S. government from the inside. Isn’t it obvious from Cruz’s voting record?

  5. Nativists

    January 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    The nativists are very busy today.

  6. James

    January 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    According the federal voting rules in Canada now; you must be a Canadian citizen to vote. So your question is very valid.

  7. troy

    January 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I think natural born is pretty clear. He was not born here. And until he decided to run for president he enjoyed dual citizenship. How convenient he denounced canadian citizenship when he did. Let Canada have him. If he was born naturally, it was in canada. But he is a freak and I doubt he was born naturally anywhere. It will be interesting to see if the gop calls on the scotus to ammend the constitution to qualify him. Dangerous ground if they do after all the belly acheing they do when president Obama makes an executive order on guns and such. Mark my words the gop will seek another double standard on this!!

  8. Ellipse Kirk

    January 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hee hee hee!

  9. cornol Spearman

    January 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Lmao chickens coming home to roost

  10. cherie

    January 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Although I can’t stand Cruz, As a person who has been dealing with US and Canadian immigrations for 17 years, becoming a Canadian citizen does not void or in any way affect your US citizenship. American citizens who obtain Canadian citizenship are still required to pay US taxes. In fact, the only way to lose your US citizenship is to file legally to give it up which costs several thousand dollars.

  11. Aron Axes

    January 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Please keep him we don’t want him in Canada. We don’t need a NAZI in our political system. We already had Harper’s brand and its enough….lol

  12. Stephen Foreman

    January 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Didn’t she become a citizen automatically when she was born?

  13. S J

    January 10, 2016 at 12:54 am

    It means she voted illegally, right?

  14. Doug

    January 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

    LOL, that tweet quoting Title III is actually quoting a section that Ted Cruz does not qualify for. His father was not a national. Ted qualifies under paragraph (g) not paragraph (d).

  15. BettyNoir

    January 10, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    And Trump keeps going on about Mexico sending us terrible people.

  16. Ed Hinojosa

    January 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    MOTHER DIVORCED AND LEFT HER WHEN HE WAS 3 RAFAel cruz jr is a cuban rEfugee s son born in canada and mother was canadian citizen at the time he was born i n canada not the usa

  17. Gilles Goyer

    January 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Cruz held dual citizen for Canada and the United States , the American constitution states article 2 ” no person except a natural born citizen , or a citizen of the United States , at the time of the adoption of this constitution , shall be eligible to the office of president . Cruz was born Canadian and no clauses exist for American born parents . Sorry Ted

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