BUT IS IT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 27 , 2016) — While campaigning in Georgia on Saturday in the runup to the “Super Tuesday” primaries, presidential candidate Ted Cruz exclaimed to his audience, “This is my country, da** it! Stand up and fight for it together.”
But is the U.S. Cruz’s “country?”
Born in Canada to a U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban-citizen father who became a Canadian in 1973, Cruz immigrated to the U.S. at age four with his parents. It is unknown whether or not Cruz was registered as a U.S. citizen at birth or at a later date, and he has refused to release any documentation on himself other than his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News in August 2013.
While Cruz and fellow candidate Marco Rubio take turns attacking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump over the non-release of his tax returns and his business dealings, Rubio and Cruz are questionably qualified for the office they seek as “natural born Citizens” as required by Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
A report from political strategist and author Roger Stone on Friday said that Rubio and Cruz have attempted to make deals with each other and with Trump, respectively which would affect the outcome of the presidential primary season.
Rubio was born in the U.S. to parents who had not yet naturalized as U.S. citizens.
Over the last ten months, The Post & Email has unsuccessfully sought government documentation indicating Cruz’s citizenship status. The U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. State Department have all declined to release any documents they might have out of “privacy” concerns.
Like Barack Hussein Obama, Cruz himself has failed to release the following:
- Educational records
- College applications
- Passport applications
- Certificate of U.S. citizenship
- Consular Record of Birth Abroad (CRBA) or its equivalent from 1970, the year in which he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- College theses
Cruz did, however, release the documentation of his renunciation of Canadian citizenship completed last June. In August 2013, his Senate office told The Dallas Morning News that Cruz was not aware he held Canadian citizenship.
When renouncing Canadian citizenship, the applicant is asked whether or not he has, or shortly will have, citizenship in another country. Cruz has not released the renunciation forms he completed.
Cruz’s father reportedly became a Canadian in 1973 and a U.S. citizen in 2005, nearly a half-century after fleeing Cuba for Texas prior to the Cuban Revolution.
The Post & Email was able to obtain Cruz’s Selective Service registration form last year from the Selective Service System (SSS), which reported that it was generated from Cruz’s application for college financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education denied our request to obtain that application.
Cruz’s State Bar of Texas registration card does not ask whether or not the holder is a U.S. citizen, nor did the application for Texas Solicitor General, both of which The Post & Email obtained through Texas Public Information Act requests.
The Texas Board of Law Examiners, which granted Cruz’s law license in 1997, does not retain records for more than five years.
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.