BUT IS HE A “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN?”
by Sharon Rondeau
The event began on Friday and attracted declared presidential candidates Sen. Rand Paul, Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio as well as potential Republican presidential candidates including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, business mogul Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Having first declared himself a candidate on March 23, questions remain about whether or not Cruz meets the constitutional eligibility requirement of “natural born citizen” which the Founding Fathers included at the insistence of John Jay, who would later become the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
In August 2013, Cruz reportedly presented a copy of his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News showing that he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970. His parents are former Cuban-born citizen Rafael Bienvenido Cruz and Eleanor Darragh, who was born in the state of Delaware.
At that time, Cruz claimed not to have known that he was a Canadian citizen all of his life. He renounced his Canadian citizenship in May of last year.
Several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests thus far have not revealed whether or not Cruz was born an American citizen in Calgary and registered in that way with the U.S. State Department. Cruz’s father has acknowledged becoming a Canadian citizen while he and his wife worked in the oil industry, believed to have been in the late 1960s, and later becoming an American citizen in 2005.
Application forms for Cruz’s position as Texas Solicitor General completed in 2002 and released under the Texas Public Information Act did not contain any question relating to U.S. citizenship.
Last week, The Post & Email sent a certified letter to Cruz’s campaign office detailing the historic understanding of the term “natural born Citizen” not only to the Founding Fathers, but also to statesmen who came afterward of both political parties. In the U.S. Supreme Court case of Minor v. Happersett, the court expressed “doubt” that a child born in the U.S. to parents who were not U.S. citizens was considered a “citizen.”
Today, however, children born to aliens are granted U.S. citizenship unless the parents are foreign diplomats, resulting in millions of “anchor babies.”
Last October, we attempted to question Cruz’s spokesperson about his alleged U.S. citizenship but received no response. At the same time, the U.S. State Department informed us that any certificate of citizenship which might exist on a public figure could not be released without his written consent.
On March 30, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) issued a similar response to The Post & Email’s FOIA request for any naturalization record which might exist even though Cruz is now a declared presidential candidate.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who also might not qualify as a “natural born Citizen” given his birth to Cuban-citizen parents in Florida, gave what is described as the “keynote” address of the gathering on Friday evening.
The Republican Party has refused to weigh in on the issue. In 2008, the Democrats claimed that Barack Hussein Obama met the eligibility requirements even though his father was never a U.S. citizen and his claimed birth in Hawaii was, and still remains, in doubt due to the declared forgery which was posted on the White House website purported to be Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
New Hampshire hosts the first presidential primaries in each campaign cycle.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.