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So, what you are saying is that Cruz, might not be and American citizen because his parents may not have filed Form DS 2029 which was required by law at the time? If his parents did file it, then Cruz would have to an CRBA in addition to his Canadian Birth Cert.

So, is the DS 2029 or CRBA a public document? Can a request but put in for either? If any of those are public documents then this thing can be settled quickly.

Just a few issues, (i) I don't like that you stated that the only reasons that Cruz wouldn't release his CRBA is because he has something to hide. He is under no obligation to do so just like Obama was under no obligation to release his birth certificate. That is completely Cruz's prerogative. (ii) The last chunk of the write up is super speculative, especially since the original premise that a DS 2029 wasn't filed is unconfirmed. I'm not a huge fan of speculation.

Great write up though. Learned a lot since I didn't even know what a CRBA was.
Schmidt
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Zach -- The CRBA is not a public document and I believe you are right to state that he is under no legal obligation to show it. He has not complied with Freedom of Information Act requests to produce it. At some point, however, I believe he will have to comply. He cannot stonewall forever if he becomes the nominee. However, he showed us his Alberta, Canada birth certificate as proof that he is an American citizen. It doesn't prove anything. None of the information on that certificate has been validated by the U.S. immigration authorities. If he had a CRBA, then it is the only preferred and valid document for proof of U.S. citizenship. So why would he invite controversy on himself by showing his Canadian certificate instead of his CRBA, unless he doesn't have one, in which case he would be an "illegal"? We can only speculate on his reasons, and that's what I have done. I have so indicated that the last part is guesswork on my part. Do you have other possible reasons why he refuses to show his CRBA, if he has one? .
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Most likely reason to invite controversy on himself? Publicity. Even bad publicity that keeps your name in the news can be beneficial. Let's say he has a valid CRBA, if I was in Cruz's shoes, I wouldn't release it and I wouldn't consider this bad publicity. People hear there might be a controversy, they go searching. My name will get Googled a lot. People will stumble upon other things that pique their interest about me and my name stays on the surface thoughts of people. If liberals start spouting the "ineligible" argument, conservatives might rally behind me because I have liberals fighting hard to stop me. Then, at the most opportune moment, I would release my CRBA, make a quip about how desperate my naysayers are, then claim they had to attack me on something false because my policy stances are valid and they couldn't beat me on those alone.
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Just to clarify once again. It is Ted Cruz who originally used the Dallas Morning News journalist to address reports that Cruz was a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. He presented to the journalist his Alberta birth certificate as "proof" that he was an American citizen. That was just plain deceit (a lie) for Cruz who claims to be a constitutional lawyer. The journalist bought his story hook line and sinker without fact checking. Cruz owes it to the American public to correct that lie, but instead he doubles down and says his citizenship was "automatic" implying no DS 2029 form was necessary. Take a look at the DS 2029 link in the article. That's the required information by the US immigration authorities for someone in similar circumstances born today outside of the USA to an American parent. The criteria are less onerous than they were in 1970. None of that kind of extensive personal data is a part of a regular birth certificate. The CRBA based on the DS 2029 is special and unique in that regard. If Cruz owned a CRBA why didn't he present it to the journalist? I think your alternative that he wanted the publicity is a bit of a stretch. I like my speculative scenario better.