The Importance of Being American
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that Ted Cruz was a Republican front-runner for the 2016 election, beating out Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and even Jeb Bush.
The poll also found that Cruz is considered the de facto leader of his party, with a large majority of respondents saying they trust him more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Cruz is clearly aware that this is could be a major problem. Witness his interesting statement on the matter.
"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...."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. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth, and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American."
As one site pointed out:
Technically, as bright a lawyer as Ted Cruz is, one would think he knows he must formally go to a Canadian Embassy and file forms to legally renounce his citizenship.
What took a seemingly patriotic American like Cruz so very long to decide which country he would commit his allegiance to?
Decades of oversight, as we shall see, seem to run in the Cruz family.
"Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils."
Yes, yes, I hear you ask, but does this mean the hopes of Cruz and the Tea Party have been dashed against the slippery rocks of Payback Cove?
Congress has kindly cleared a path for Cruz.
A Natural-Born Something
The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term "natural born" citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship "by birth" or "at birth", either by being born "in" the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to foreign parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship "at birth". Such term, however, would not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an "alien" required to go through the legal process of "naturalization" to become a U.S. citizen.
The debate about whether Cruz can run for president because it's not 100 percent clear that he's a "natural-born citizen" will likely rage on.
"I think that Ted Cruz is correct in addressing this issue early on and I commend it..Not only does he need to release his birth certificate, but he needs to go to court and have a high-ranking judge ... make a determination on this issue."
Yep, even if he is not eligible to be president.
Thanks for the good laugh, Orly.
As if things were complicated enough, a judge will have to consider what Salon points out:
Cruz’s father is a Cuban émigré who was not yet a U.S. citizen when Cruz was born in 1970. Thus, Cruz himself falls under a special section of the Immigration and Nationality Act that governs “Birth Abroad to One Citizen and One Alien Parent.” Under that provision, Cruz only qualifies for citizenship if his mother was “physically present” in the United States for ten years prior to his birth, five of which had to be after she reached the age of fourteen.
If Rafael was not a free-loading illegal alien taking advantage of the system- as any patriotic Tea Party voter would say, then another question arises about where exactly he obtained his support.
How is it that Rafael Bienvenido Cruz has been in the United States first from his arrival all through his time of study at the University of Texas. Then leaving the United States to live in Canada and only returning in 1974 to the United States. All the while not being a citizen or going through the proper immigration channels initially, attending the University of Texas and re-entering the United States in 1974, then only becoming a US Citizen in 2005?
There might have been a loophole but it wouldn't apply to Cruz's father.
Unfortunately, his arrival in 1957 was well before enactment of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that says, essentially, that anyone who fled Cuba and got into the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later.
But it a decision, he says, he now regrets. I am sure that's true at this point in his son's political career.
Under the circumstances, it's not hard to imagine that CIA or the FBI once kept a file on Cruz's father. Hopefully we will catch a peek at that sometime in 2016.
(Calling Dr. Orly, Dr. Alex Jones to the Conspiracy Room, Stat!)
"I came to this country legally," he said. "I came here with a legal visa, and ... every step of the way, I have been here legally."
Remember this was a party that could not forgive a candidate for forgetting which social program he was planning to slash.