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The Texas Tribune, August 23, 2013: Cruz's Supporters Don't Question Eligibility
The Texas Tribune reports that in 2008, outspoken Texas Republican voter Christina Katok said she believed Barack Obama was ineligible for the job because he was born in Kenya and therefore wasn’t a “natural born” American — one of a handful of constitutional requirements for the job.
Six years later as the Canadian-born Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz is being touted as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, Katok said she would vote for Cruz in a heartbeat.
But what about his eligibility because he is born in Canada? No problem for Katok:
"As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she said.
Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama's "strong ties to Kenya," the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race. Cruz, who recently released his Canadian birth certificate, is at least “up front about it,” she said.
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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.