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I have written about this before in my August 2013 post: Ted Cruz Supporter: "Canada is not really foreign soil"
I'll extract from that post and make a few new observations. But first this is what I wrote in that post:
"I looked at Ted Cruz's birth certificate online and it's a true Canadian Alberta birth certificate...which means, of course, that he is a Canadian citizen. It doesn't say diddly about his US citizenship...only Canadian. He has not produced his Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
which is the US equivalent of a birth certificate. It's kind of like a long form of a US birth certificate with all kinds of legal stuff stamped on it. Both of my children were born abroad and their official US birth certificates are the Consular Reports of Birth Abroad that I applied for at their births. My wife was Canadian at the time. Both of my children needed those forms to get US passports to travel out of the country.
"So if Ted Cruz is indeed a US citizen, why has he shown us only his Canadian birth certificate and not his Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate? Yes Ted Cruz is entitled to USA citizenship, but if his mother never made that election at birth or later by filing Form DS 2029
with the US Consulate in Calgary, then he has never been officially recognized as a US citizen...at least legally.
"Legally he is still only a Canadian unless at some point later his mother applied for that US citizen status before he turned age 18. If she did do that later I wonder when? But if his mother never made that election before age 18, then he would have to go through some kind of naturalization process. Perhaps at the same time his father Rafael Cruz applied for citizenship in 2005? He may not want that fact to get out.
"Show us your US birth report or equivalent Ted Cruz...with dates. But does it really matter if "Canada is not really foreign soil." Ha.
The only difference between my situation and Ted Cruz's mother's situation is that my children were born overseas...across the Atlantic, and I absolutely needed the Consular Report of Birth Abroad to get a US passport to travel outside of the USA. In Ted Cruz's situation, they lived in Calgary, and traveling back and forth across the border to the US was easy...no passports, birth certificates or anything other than a driver's license was required at the time (1970s). So Cruz's mother may have not have even considered or known that it was necessary to file for a Consular Report Abroad at the US Consular office in Calgary for Ted to acquire US citizenship. The point is, that contrary to many media reports, Ted Cruz's US citizenship was NOT automatic
. I believe it would have been eventually granted, but not until that paperwork was done. If it wasn't done, then there are problems.
I filed the paperwork for both of my children born overseas, and as a part of that process I had to prove my own legal status at the time, which included proof that I was born in the USA, that I lived at least 10 years in the USA before my children were born, and that at least five of those years were after my 14th birthday. That was the law when Ted Cruz was born in Calgary in 1970 and that was the law when both of my children were born overseas in the 1970s.
If Ted Cruz's mother did that paperwork she would have received a US Consular Report of Birth Abroad for Ted, which would have served as Cruz's official birth certificate in all legal matters, getting a driver's license, etc. It's what my children have always used. They never once used the birth certificates of the country of their births.
So when Ted Cruz provides his birth certificate issued by the Canadian province of Alberta, it is NOT proof that he is a US citizen...only that his mother was a US citizen. It also did not entitle him, based on the laws at the time, to automatic US citizenship. His mother would have had to prove her legal status just like I did.
And if his mother did not get him a Consular Report of Birth Abroad report before his 18th birthday (1988) then he would have to go through the naturalization process to obtain legal US citizenship status.
Ted Cruz, back in August 2013 when all this controversy came to light, said he would renounce his Canadian Citizenship. Yet this is February, some seven months later and he still has not renounced his Canadian citizenship. Why not? Is it because his own legal status as a US citizen is in question? He would have to first resolve his US citizenship status, if there were problems, before he renounced his Canadian citizenship.
Just asking questions that the media won't ask. All he needs to do is show his "long form of the birth certificate"...his US Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Why not?