Investigating the “Birther Right”-Citizenship issue regarding Ted Cruz is very tough since there is a long trail between Cuba, the United States (US), to Canada and back to the US in his family history. In question is Cruz’s mother’s status and the law between 1970, his birth year and 1974 when he and his family moved back to the States.
Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh Wilson was born in Wilmington, Delaware which you can see on Ted’s birth certificate. He’s never denied he was born in Canada and he’s never denied his parents lived there for 12 years.
There’s no issue on Rafael Cruz’s side, Ted’s dad. He is Cuban born, went to work in the US on a “green card” work visa, moved to Canada and became a Canadian citizen. He never had US citizenship until just recently when he received it in 2005.
What is at issue is Ted’s mom, Eleanor’s status. Between 1947 and 1977, Canada didn’t allow dual citizenship when it awarded Canadian citizenship to applicants. She definitely applied and received Canadian citizenship around 1970, according to Ted’s dad. When she did, it was implied she had renounced her US citizenship according to Canadian law since nothing was required to prove renunciation of citizenship in another country. Whether she did or not renounce her US citizenship at that time is the question and so far, she’s tight lipped on the subject.
Canadian law doesn’t matter to US law. It’s US law which makes the difference and during this time the United States only cared if a person signed a legal form of renunciation which is no where to be found in her case.
What’s even more interesting about this situation is, at the time of Ted’s birth, his mother would have had to declare his citizenship if it was in question. However, to the Canadians, there was no question since Eleanor had gotten her Canadian citizenship implying she’d renounced her US status.
According to Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, Cruz was definitely a Canadian citizen until just recently when he renounced his status in 2014 to run for US President. However again, it’s the US law that actually counts and what his mother did in relationship to renouncing her US status in order to receive her Canadian citizenship in 1970.
This is the loophole, Cruz’s mother most likely used to re-enter the United States as a US citizen meaning, back when she applied to be a Canadian citizen, she would have had to lie as she would have had to know Canadian law to receive her citizenship and vote in their elections which she did as per Canadian records.
Omission is still a lie according to some legal scenarios. This entire birther issue is why Cruz continues to say he’s a natural born US citizen.
But the question still remains, because up to Cruz’s run for President, most people in the US and US military assumed if they weren’t born on American soil, regardless of the location, they are ineligible for President.
I have friends and one relative born in Germany because their parents were stationed abroad during their military years. Each one has said at one time or another, they can’t run for President. Apparently, these people are mistaken if we believe Cruz.
The US Constitution clearly states “natural born citizen” regarding eligibility for President:
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…
Natural born, by world standards, means within the borders of a country’s actual soil including any military bases abroad. To be eligible for President, you’d have to be born on the base which would be considered “American soil” and not at the country’s hospital. Most women opt to go the local hospital for birthing, thereby rendering the child ineligible for US presidency if a US citizen is born abroad.
Other than that, naturalized and natural born are still the issue. Why would the Founding Fathers put this rhetoric in the Constitution if it wasn’t relevant? Personally, I didn’t take this as rocket science until liberals got involved and those supporting Cruz no matter what he does.
The courts have ruled Cruz is eligible to run for President, and it seems as if they could be correct according to the lie his mother lived during her Canadian citizenship. There’s no other scenario that fits as far as I’ve been able to gather from the research.
Therefore, we can pretty much clearly state, Cruz’s mother was breaking Canadian law during her citizenship in Canada if she was still keeping her US citizenship which she apparently was. If someone would have found out about her fraud, she could have had her citizenship revoked in Canada and deported to the United States. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
Now we know why Cruz thinks lying is a great way to run a campaign. He learned it from his parents, specifically his mother.
Looks like in the Cruz family, lying is standard as is preaching at people and acting as if it’s okay to lie, cheat and steal as long as you’re them. Guess we can tear the 10 Commandments out of their Bibles!
UPDATE NOTE: It is reported by CNN and Rick Wells, Ted Cruz has never filed a CRBA Form which is a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Will this be the demise of the Cruz Campaign?