WHAT DO THEY SAY OF HIS CITIZENSHIP?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 11, 2017) — On Tuesday, The Post & Email received documents by email from the U.S. Justice Department stemming from a March 2015 FOIA request for documents signed and/or generated by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who served as Deputy Attorney General in 2001 following the election of President George W. Bush.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970 and moved with his mother to Texas when he was four, joining his father there, although his parents were later to separate permanently.
Throughout his long career in public service, Cruz has never released documentation showing that he possesses U.S. citizenship. The Canadian government reportedly considered him a citizen at the moment of his birth given that it occurred on Canadian soil.
Cruz was an outstanding high school student and attended Princeton University, where he was a notable debater. He then attended and graduated from Harvard Law School with honors.
After obtaining his law degree, Cruz clerked for Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig followed by then-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He worked as an attorney in private practice for several years, later entering public service as an adviser to the George W. Bush campaign.
In 2001, he worked as an associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, then as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
While his FTC documents were released online in 2015 in response to FOIA requesters, Cruz’s documentation from Justice was not, hence our request filed just after Cruz declared himself a presidential candidate on March 23, 2015.
In October 2014, The Post & Email obtained and reported that documents from the Texas Attorney General‘s office showed that an applicant’s citizenship status is not asked on the application for the position of Solicitor General.
When pressed during the campaign, Cruz claimed to meet the Article II, Section 1, clause 5 “natural born Citizen” constitutional requirement to serve as U.S. president and commander-in-chief despite considerable skepticism that his foreign birthplace and foreign-citizen father preclude him from qualifying.
After Cruz became the first Republican to join the presidential race for 2016, The Post & Email made a number of respective FOIA requests to the Canadian government, the Texas executive branch, and the U.S. federal government for documentation which might indicate whether Cruz claimed to be a U.S. citizen on the applications he was required to complete.
We also sent a certified letter to the Cruz campaign requesting that he release proof that he met the “natural born Citizen” requirement. The sole response received was the return-receipt card.
During campaign rallies, Cruz claimed to be a “natural born Citizen” by way of the 1790 Naturalization Act passed by Congress without disclosing to his audiences that the law was repealed and replaced in 1795 specifically in regard to whether or not a child born abroad to U.S.-citizen parents is a “natural born Citizen” or simply a “citizen.”
It has not been confirmed whether or not Cruz became a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen as was reported by The Dallas Morning News in August 2013, or if he did not acquire U.S. citizenship until he renounced his Canadian citizenship in May 2014. Neither his application for Texas solicitor general nor his Texas Bar Registration card speak to whether or not he claimed to be a U.S. citizen at the time the respective applications were submitted.
On Wednesday, The Post & Email will release the documents it received from the Justice Department.