Defining Natural-Born Citizen

The Federalist Blog defines it such that Ted Cruz from Canada does not qualify as a natural born citizen. It seems his Cuban father precludes him, let alone that Senator Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada. Hmmm.

Presidential wannabe caught in own anti-immigrant claptrap

The Chronicle Herald of Canada has an opinion piece about mother-loving, Canadian-born Senator Ted Cruz.

“For an anti-immigration politician who’s railed against so-called anchor babies — children conceived and born to illegal immigrants in the U.S., ostensibly to help avoid deportation — Ted Cruz’s bizarre insistence that he didn’t know he possessed Canadian citizenship despite his Calgary birthplace is, to say the least, curious.”

If Ted Cruz Wasn’t Ted Cruz, Would He Attack Ted Cruz?

Some rights reserved by DonkeyHotey, c/o flickr

Some rights reserved by DonkeyHotey, c/o flickr

Hispanic Business has a story about our favorite Canadian Senator from Texas (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com).

How Ted Cruz might react to Ted Cruz’s Canadian origins if Ted Cruz wasn’t himself: 

Fellow wing-nuts, this man, this junior senator from Texas, this Alberta-born son of a Cuban father who didn’t become an American until 2005 and a Delaware-born mother, this Ted Cruz, says he going to renounce the Canadian side of his dual Canadian-American citizenship just as soon as he gets around to filling out the paperwork. 

Should we believe him? Think about it. 

Dual citizenship won’t do for tea party favorite

Tampa Bay News weekly has a skeptical Ted Cruz birther piece.

“‘My guess is he never looked into it,’ said Sal Russo, co-founder of Tea Party Express. Russo’s group supported Cruz in his Senate bid. At the time, Russo told me, Cruz gave ‘the lawyer answer’ about his natural U.S. citizenship.

Sorry, but I don’t buy it. Don’t tell me Cruz didn’t know about his dual citizenship…He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. He’s an expert on the Constitution. He understands the intricacies of Article 2’s requirement that the president be a “natural born Citizen.” He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School who, in that heady environment, seemed to believe he was the smartest guy in the room.

If Cruz didn’t know, he didn’t do his homework. And Ted Cruz always does his homework.”

 

In Henderson, Kentucky they are wondering about the Senator from Canada

This seems like a reprint of another paper in the States, though it is the Gleaner in Kentucky.

“We think Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas deserves a break on the question of whether he is an American citizen. He is, and a reasonable electorate would let the question drop.

But the question seems to be picking up momentum. At every stop, Cruz, who is gearing up for a run at the presidency — the U.S. presidency, just so there are no doubts, because Canada doesn’t have that position — faces questions about whether he’s really an American.”

“Battling Birthers Ted Cruz half Canadian all American”

The Cherokee Tribune (GA) has a story about Canadian-born Ted Cruz.

“Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas deserves a break on the question of whether he is an American citizen. He is, and a reasonable electorate would let the question drop.

But the question seems to be picking up momentum. At every stop, Cruz, who is gearing up for a run at the presidency — the U.S. presidency, just so there are no doubts, because Canada doesn’t have that position — faces questions about whether he’s really an American.”

Senator Ted Cruz’s Calgary connections come home to roost

Gillian Steward weighs in on the Ted Cruz birther controversy in the Toronto Star.

“At first I thought this story was nothing more than a summer trifle, another amusing take on some of the strange fixations of our American cousins.

Dual citizen

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Some rights of the photograph reserved by Gage Skidmore, via flickr.

Ted Cruz is the citizen of not one, but two countries; he is Canadian and American and represents the state of Texas as United States Senator. Ted Cruz is eligible to be Prime Minister of Canada; he may be eligible to be President of the United States. “May” being the operative word. It is by no means certain.