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by Sharon Rondeau

Rafael Bienvenido Cruz is said to be an ordained pastor at an unidentified Texas church. The Cruz campaign has not responded to The Post & Email’s questions concerning his background.

(Apr. 22, 2016) — Recent blog posts and timelines posted on the Internet have reported that Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, the father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, divorced his first wife, Julie or Julia Ann Garza, in 1996.

However, through a paid subscription to a newspaper archive, GenealogyBank.com, The Post & Email was able to locate both the separation judgment and divorce decree between Rafael B. Cruz and Garza in The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The separation was published on July 1, 1967 and the final divorce decree on September 24, 1968.

The separation is noted as the ninth entry in the column under “Judge Rainold.”


The divorce is the fifth and second-to-last entry under “Judge Rainold.”


In January, Breitbart News reported that the Cruz campaign said that Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh Wilson, went to Canada in December 1967, after which she and Rafael Cruz launched a company which analyzed oil-industry data.

Documents posted by RadarOnline.com which The Post & Email is attempting to authenticate state that Wilson and Cruz were married on March 14, 1969 in what appears to be Canada and that their divorce, finalized in Texas, was decreed in February 1997.

Eleanor was born “Eleanor Darragh” on November 23, 1934 but at some point began using the middle name “Elizabeth.”  The Post & Email has not yet located an official name change or addition, although it might not be public record.  She first married Texan Alan Wilson in 1956 and went to Great Britain in 1960, where the couple lived and worked for several years.

In January, McClatchy reported that Alan Wilson, reached by phone for an interview, said that the couple divorced “around 1963.”  On June 17, 1966, Eleanor gave birth to a son, Michael, who is noted as “Michael Darragh” on his birth record.  The image was obtained by researcher “Jim Redding” with the help of a British researcher as reported exclusively by The Post & Email on Tuesday.

Alan Wilson told McClatchy that Eleanor had asked if she could “use his last name on the birth certificate,” referring to Michael, but the images obtained by The Post & Email indicate “Wilson” on Michael’s death certificate rather than the birth certificate.  Alan Wilson is also the person said on the death certificate to have reported the child’s passing, although he claimed to McClatchy that he is not the child’s father.

The Post & Email has been told that paper documents are en route from Heathrow International from which the birth and death certificate images were created.

According to Wikipedia, Rafael B. Cruz was in New Orleans “in his twenties,” reporting, “In 1969, at his new oil company job, he met his second wife, Eleanor Elizabeth Darragh Wilson, a computer programmer from Delaware. Cruz and Wilson lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where their only child, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, was born.[35] While in Calgary, the couple owned a seismic-data processing firm for oil drillers,” Wikipedia reports.

Anecdotal evidence as yet unconfirmed by The Post & Email appears to reveal that Eleanor lived in Louisiana for a time following her return from the UK and Michael’s death.  Redding speculates that she and Cruz met there, then decided to go to Canada, where she may have been able to fast-track herself to Canadian citizenship if she possessed British credentials.  Rafael Cruz reportedly became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

Redding has speculated that Eleanor may have applied to become a British citizen by virtue of her son’s birth there as documented by British authorities.  It is unknown if Eleanor reported the birth of her first son to an American embassy as a U.S. citizen born abroad.  Today, such a report generates a “Consular Report of Birth Abroad,” or CRBA.

On Ted Cruz’s birth certificate, his mother is identified as “Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson.”  She is now reportedly known as “Eleanor E. Darragh.”  Rafael Cruz appears to have initiated their divorce in 1996 according to RadarOnline’s documents.

Rafael Bienvenindo Cruz may have shortened his last name from “Cruz Diaz” upon his arrival in the United States in 1957.

The Post & Email’s request to the U.S. State Department for Ted Cruz’s CRBA, if it exists, have been denied on “privacy” grounds, as has our request for any naturalization documents from USCIS, if they exist.

Cruz and his campaign claim that Eleanor never became a Canadian citizen and that her U.S. citizenship renders Cruz a “natural born Citizen,” as required to serve as U.S. president.

The Cruz campaign has not been willing to respond to questions about the candidate’s or his father’s background.  Rafael B. Cruz is reportedly now heading an organization titled “Grace for America” whose slogan is “Restoring our historical and Biblical foundations.”  The “About” section of the website states that Rafael Cruz “built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream” but does not disclose that the business was located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his son was born.

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  1. The real question is, “What defines a Natural Born Citizen?

    SCOTUS has rendered opinions on the definition of natural born and have reiterated that definition used by the Founding Fathers. Supreme Court cases that cite “natural born Citizen” as one born on U.S. soil to citizen parents. I have provided text derived from the official Supreme Court website including the links after each case synopsis;

    The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814)

    Vattel, who, though not very full to this point, is more explicit and more satisfactory on it than any other whose work has fallen into my hands, says: “The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives or indigenes are those born in the country of parents who are citizens. Society not being able to subsist and to perpetuate itself but by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights.

    Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830)

    Ann Scott was born in South Carolina before the American revolution, and her father adhered to the American cause and remained and was at his death a citizen of South Carolina. There is no dispute that his daughter Ann, at the time of the Revolution and afterwards, remained in South Carolina until December, 1782. Whether she was of age during this time does not appear. If she was, then her birth and residence might be deemed to constitute her by election a citizen of South Carolina. If she was not of age, then she might well be deemed under the circumstances of this case to hold the citizenship of her father, for children born in a country, continuing while under age in the family of the father, partake of his national character as a citizen of that country. Her citizenship, then, being prima facie established, and indeed this is admitted in the pleadings, has it ever been lost, or was it lost before the death of her father, so that the estate in question was, upon the descent cast, incapable of vesting in her? Upon the facts stated, it appears to us that it was not lost and that she was capable of taking it at the time of the descent cast.

    Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)

    The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As society cannot perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their parents, and succeed to all their rights.’ Again: ‘I say, to be of the country, it is necessary to be born of a person who is a citizen; for if he be born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country. . . .

    Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875)

    The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first.


    United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898)

    At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children, born in a country of parents who were its citizens, became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.

  2. ch, you said you listened to the interview and that papa cruz said he became a canadian citizen in 1968. how is that possible? he would have only been in canada for around one year and as you stated, a 5 year period was required.

    also, you had an error (typo) in your timeline. felito was born in december 1970, not 1979.

    other than what preacher cruz stated in his christ for prophecy interview, what is the scenario for him to have become a citizen when he also stated that he and his girlfriend, eleanor, “landed” in canada in late 1967? for him to have obtained citizenship as a “landed immigrant”, he would have had to have been in canada for 5 years.

    there is still something missing from the timeline.

  3. Law in effect from 1947 – 1977
    1947 Canadian Citizenship Naturalization Act – SEE THE 3rd ONE, only 1-year residence required for woman married to Canadian

    Canadian citizenship was generally conferred immediately

    Acquisition and loss of citizenship, 1947-1977

    In addition to those people who became Canadian citizens upon the coming into force of the Act (popularly known as the “1947 Act” due to the year it came into force), citizenship afterwards was generally acquired as follows:

    1) birth in Canada (except where either parent is a representative of a foreign government, their employee, or anyone granted diplomatic privileges or immunities AND neither parent is a citizen or permanent resident)

    2) naturalization in Canada after five years’ residence as a landed immigrant


  4. Loggia
    Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    They went to Canada in 1969 and Papa Cruz became Canadian in 1973.

    Actually, no. Per Rafael Cruz himself (I watched and heard the interview he did for ‘Christ in Prophecy), he became a Canadian citizen in 1968. He also said that they went to Canada in 1967 and that they were there for 8-years. They left in 1975 – 8 = 1967.

  5. Per Rafael Cruz, he met Eleanor in LA in 1967 and ‘they’ went to Canada in 1967 and lived there until 1975. Canadian records does record an address for Eleanor Darragh Wilson in 1975.

    Also, Canadian Citizenship law at that time clearly states that Canadian Citizenship is granted automatically and immediately to any foreign woman married to a Canadian spouse AND who has lived with that spouse for 1-year.

    Per Rafael Cruz, they married 1968-1969 so that would mean that she had lived with him at least 1.5 years to possibly 2-years before Cruz was born in Dec 1979 which by that time, she had met the 1-year statute and was an automatic Canadian citizen.

    It was also Canadian law, that at such time that you become a Canadian citizen you are REQUIRED to renounce your former citizenship as dual citizenship was NOT allowed (changed in 1977).

    One more thing, if you were a foreign woman/father or parents and gave birth to a child in Canada, you were required per Canadian law, to immediately declare which citizenship you were choosing for your child as it having been born in Canada was considered a ‘natural-born Canadian’ and as Canada did not recognize Dual Citizenship, parent or parents had to choose. So…

    Why didn’t she claim U.S. Citizenship for Cruz then? Because she was no longer a U.S. Citizen. They had no intention of coming back to the States, and lived there for another 5-years before they did return…not because their company was failing…but because Cruz sold it to a company which is still successfully in business today.

    Per Canadian officials, Cruz was a ‘natural-born Canadian and nothing more’.

  6. Just an FYI, there is a movement in Texas aimed at getting Cruz removed from his Senate seat based on the fact that he did in fact know that he was a Canadian Citizen and was therefore, not eligible to run for office.

  7. A bit off topic but sort of on topic in that our founders and framers never wanted to see a dual-Citizen become Commander in Chief of our military. The British Mayor points out how a person born with dual allegiances and foreign influences on them from birth can be conflicted in his dealings with the world if allowed to become Pres and CinC: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-suggests-part-kenyan-obama-may-have-an-ancestral-dislike-of-britain-a6995826.html

  8. Per this report Ted Cruz admits to a person at one of his political events that he does NOT have a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) document. Then says he does not need one. “A guest attended a Cruz Bot event a few weeks ago and showed him a copy of her husbands consular record of birth abroad he looked at it attentively, then calmly said, “No I do not have one of these and I don’t need one. It’s enough to be born of a US citizen to be a US citizen”.” http://departed.co/cruz-admits-not-natural-born-citizen

    When exactly did Ted Cruz become recognized as being a U.S. Citizen? What year and how? If he does not have a CRBA then he was not recognized as being a U.S. Citizen at birth during the time of his birth in Canada. So when exactly did he go to the U.S. government to get recognized (perfect) his Naturalized Citizen status by claiming U.S. Citizenship by birth abroad to a U.S. Citizen mother. What type of U.S. Citizenship certificate does he have? What is Ted hiding? And of course once again the major main stream media is not investigating this and giving him a pass. The Rule of Law is gone and transparency is gone when it comes to political candidates proving their U.S. Citizenship status with contemporaneous documentation of what the assert.

    CDR Kerchner (Ret)

  9. They went to Canada in 1969 and Papa Cruz became Canadian in 1973.


    The law says one must wait SIX YEARS (exceptions for CROWN SERVANTS or THEIR Spouses) from the time one becomes a PERMANENT RESIDENT so that math is problematic:

    “Time you have lived in Canada”


    You must have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least

    1,460 days during the six years immediately before the date of your application.

    You must also be physically present for at least 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date of application.

    These requirements do not apply to children under 18.

    Exceptions to these requirements apply for

    certain Crown servants and certain family members of Crown servants.

    When calculating how long you have lived in Canada,

    you can only count time spent after you became a permanent resident of Canada.

    Find out if you have lived in Canada long enough to apply to become a citizen.

  10. Papa Cruz became a Canadian citizen within a short number of years.

    Would being married to a Canadian citizen have accelerated that process contrasted to applying on his own?

    Something smells in Canada.

  11. The Cruz history is becoming more convoluted than the Obama history! Both are apparently big-time liars, determined to cover up their pasts.

    If I understand the situation correctly, Rafael Cruz emigrated from Cuba to the United States and somehow managed to get a “green card.” Perhaps he moved to Canada to avoid the draft and the Vietnam War. But moving to Canada (I think) would render his green card invalid. But he did not want to get deported from Canada to Cuba. The solution? A marriage to Eleanor Darragh Wilson, who apparently had British citizenship from her years and marriage in London. Because she was a Brit, she could readily get Canadian citizenship. That, in turn, enabled Rafael Cruz to get Canadian citizenship. Rafael Jr. (Ted Cruz) was born in Canada – perhaps to two Canadian citizens. Clearly he would not be a natural born U.S. citizen. (Of course, the Cruzbots will respond to that by claiming Wilson was still a U.S. citizen… even though Canada did not then permit dual citizenship.)

    Alas, as with Obama, we are all left to speculate because no one will admit the truth. But it may be that Ted Cruz cannot even legally serve in the U. S. Senate. If that is the case, Mitch McConnell may have little trouble rounding up the votes to expel lyin’ Ted.

    As Chris Matthews suggests, Cruz can then get a radio talk show and compete against Mark Levin, while Heidi returns to Goldman Sachs to provide the big bucks needed to pay off loans and legal fees.

    A question for attorneys: When Cruz ran for the Senate in 2012 he did not tell the voters he was a Canadian citizen. He therefore collected campaign contributions under false pretenses. Can donors file a class action lawsuit to demand a return of those donations, plus damages? Can there also be a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of all donors to his presidential campaign on the basis of fraud? (That is, he lied about his eligibility.)

    Of course, one could make the same class action argument against Obama. But Obama has the media and his party supporting and covering for him. Cruz does not have the media or his party watching his back.

  12. Thanks, Sharon, for all the lumens of light herein!

    One thing that strikes me in perusing these spotlighted documents is: WHO PAID FOR RAFAEL E. CRUZ’S COSTLY EDUCATION AT PRINCETON AND HARVARD?

    These documents herein portray a divided and poor Cruz family with very few financial assets.

    So, did Lyin’ Ted secure financial aid for top colleges ss a foreign exchange student or illegal Dreamer et al?

    We can spend more years as private detectives sorting out Obama and Cruz’s full identification, but they both should be arrested and fully exposed for ID-felony, don’t you think?

    Our nation’s entire tax-paid-for governmental structure has collapsed on some 320,000,000 American citizens in helping Soetoro-Obama and Cruz cover-up their full INFIDELITIES AND ID-FELONIES!

    Until Soetoro-Obama and Cruz fully identify themselves before all of humanity, they remain guilty of ID-felony.

    For national security, these two must prove 100% ID-innocence before boarding the highest office in the land. We the People don’t have to prove their guilt, they must prove their ID-innocence to We the People and they continually fail to do so!

    America’s entire national governance 08-28-08- TODAY remains collapsed and CONSTITUTIONALLY NULL AND VOID.

  13. Cruz should be removed from his US Senate seat obtained when he was Canadian.
    simply file “quo warranto” in DC Fed. court.
    Canada does not have dual citizenship