Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ted Cruz Born in Canada Controversy Does He Need Counselors Report of Birth Abroad

Cruz was a Canadian citizen until 2014, does that mean he doesn’t meet the requirements for president per the constitution?

From Mike: Oh, that's for sure. My daughter was born in 1970 like Ted Cruz, and I have a Counselors Report of Birth Abroad for my daughter, so she is a Naturalized citizen. All Ted Cruz has to do is produce his report.
Tom DeLay Says Ted Cruz Will End Up In The Courts On Citizenship Issue
Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship and officially ceased to be a Canadian citizen on May 14, 2014.
“Generally speaking, under the Citizenship Act of 1947, those born in Canada were automatically citizens at birth unless their parent was a foreign diplomat,” said ministry spokeswoman Julie Lafortune. Cruz parents were not diplomats.

Sen. Ted Cruz's birth certificate shows he was born in Canada in 1970. It was released exclusively to The Dallas Morning News.
For the first time, Cruz released his birth certificate Friday in response to inquiries from The Dallas Morning News.
Dated a month after his birth on Dec. 22, 1970, it shows that Rafael Edward Cruz was born to Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, a “geophysical consultant” born in Matanzas, Cuba, and the former Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, born in Wilmington, Del.
Her status made the baby a U.S. citizen at birth. For that, U.S. law required at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen who had lived for at least a decade in the United States.
She registered his birth with the U.S. consulate, Frazier said, and the future senator received a U.S. passport in 1986 ahead of a high school trip to England.
Rafael Cruz, now a pastor in suburban Dallas, fled Cuba for Texas as a teen in 1957. He remained a Cuban citizen until he became a naturalized American in 2005.
Automatic citizenship
Until 1947, people born in Canada were British subjects. The system Canada adopted after that closely mirrors that of the U.S.
Both confer citizenship automatically to anyone born on their territory, and to children of citizens even when the birth takes place overseas.
By 1970, the Cruzes had moved to the Canadian oil patch, where they launched a seismic-data business. For purpose of citizenship, being foreigners made no difference.
“If a child was born in the territory, he is Canadian, period,” said France Houle, a law professor at the University of Montreal. “He can ask for a passport. He can vote.”
The fact that Cruz left Canada when he was 4 doesn’t affect his status there, either.
“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.”
Having practiced international tax law in the U.S. for 25 years, Christians has made a close study of citizenship rules. They often come into play in tax cases.
“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.”
As a Cuban, Rafael Cruz probably could have requested citizenship for his son, experts said. Even if he’d wanted to, the Cuban Constitution bans dual citizenship. And the chance to register the child passed long ago.