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BUT DID ONLY ONE PARENT BECOME A CITIZEN?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 23, 2016) — An article in the Jamaica Observer dated November 1, 2015 reports that Rafael Bienvenido Cruz and Eleanor Darragh Wilson were married in Canada, to which circumstantial evidence has pointed as details about their son, presidential candidate Ted Cruz, have slowly emerged over the last several months.
The paper reported that Cruz is the “son of a political prisoner of Cuba’s dictator Fulgencio Batista, who migrated to the US as a permanent resident and married an American citizen while living in Canada.”
Marriage, birth, death and naturalization records are not divulged to the public by Canadian authorities without a signed privacy waiver.
It appears that the elder Cruz and Wilson met in Louisiana, where Cruz’s first wife, Julia Garza, had filed for separation and divorce between 1967 and 1968.
As The Post & Email reported on Thursday, Garza’s petition for a legal separation was published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on July 1, 1967 and the divorce announced on September 24, 1968.
In January, Breitbart News quoted the Ted Cruz campaign as having told them that Cruz’s parents left for Canada in December 1967. Documents appearing to be from the Harris County, TX court detailing their 1996-1997 divorce state that the couple was married on March 14, 1969 without identifying the location.
On August 18, 2013, The Dallas Morning News published Ted Cruz’s birth certificate indicating that he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970. The News reported that Cruz was born with dual US-Canadian citizenship. At the time, however, Canadian law did not encompass dual citizenship to the best of this publication’s knowledge.
The original title of the article appears to reference only Cruz’s Canadian citizenship.
Cruz has been unwilling to reveal documentation, if it exists, that he was registered as a U.S. citizen born abroad. Various U.S. federal agencies have denied FOIA requesters access to any documents which they might hold on Cruz; the Canadian government has similar policies.
Despite his birth in a foreign country, Cruz insists that he is a “natural born Citizen,” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution for the presidency.
The Observer focused on Cruz’s lasting friendship with former Princeton roommate and native Jamaican David Panton, speculating that if Cruz should win the presidency, “Jamaica could well get a real friend in the White House.”
Of his platform, the Observer reported:
* Repeal Obamacare at all cost.
* No compromise on immigration, he is for pro-immigration leading to the path for citizenship
* Wants to amend constitution so that voters can oust Supreme Court justices
* Amend constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage
* Abolish IRS, switch to a flat tax
After become a Rhodes scholar following Princeton and Harvard Law School, Panton returned to Jamaica and was active in politics for a time amid speculation that he was destined for “leadership in the country.” “His brilliance now reminds many of us of Senator Barack Obama,” wrote columnist Tony Miles.
Panton was reportedly 16 years old when he entered Princeton, and Cruz was 17. Cruz recruited Panton to the Debate Team, and eventually both competed internationally while attending Harvard Law School.
According to The New York Times, Cruz attended Panton’s wedding and became his first child’s godfather. Cruz and Panton additionally entered into a business relationship, launching “a fund that was created to draw investments for Caribbean ventures.”
It is believed that the “natural born Citizen” clause was intended to prevent foreign influence from entering the office of the president and commander-in-chief of the US military.
In April of last year, The New York Times quoted Cruz as having said, “I am Cuban.” However, on his campaign website, Cruz states, on a page dedicated to putting to rest questions about his constitutional eligibility, “U.S. law has been clear from the very first days of this country that the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural born citizen…As to Senator Cruz, his mother, Eleanor Darragh was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a citizen by birth, so Ted became an American citizen by virtue of being born to her.”
Cruz does not clarify that the law to which he refers, the 1790 Naturalization Act, was repealed five years later.
While in Canada, Rafael B. Cruz became a Canadian citizen. There is speculation, but no proof, that Eleanor also assumed Canadian citizenship while residing in Alberta. In a 2013 interview, Rafael told NPR that he spent eight years in Canada.
The Times quoted a debater who had witnessed Ted Cruz’s style as having said of Cruz, “In any debate round, he would act like what he was telling you was something he believed to his core…Opponents had the impression ‘he would say just about anything, whatever would win the debate.’”