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  •  Odds are he can run for president (4+ / 0-)
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    Ted Cruz was born in Calgary because his parents moved there to work in the oil patch. The family moved back to Texas when he was about four.

    His mother is an American citizen, born in the U.S. His Cuban father is a naturalized American citizen, though I don't know if he was naturalized before or after the time in Calgary.

    Ted Cruz was an American citizen at birth, through his mother's U.S. citizenship and his father's, if he had been naturalized.

    •  Not saying you're wrong, but... (3+ / 0-)
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      How far are we going to stretch this, really? I was prepared to accomodate John McCain, whose dad was serving in the navy in the Canal Zone at the time of his birth. But this? Cruz could, I would think, claim Canadian citizenship as readily as he could claim US citizenship, not that the Canadians are dumb enough to want him.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49:00 AM PST

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      •  Natural born citizen (3+ / 0-)
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        It was completely irrelevant to John McCain's citizenship that his father was serving in the military and stationed abroad, and also completely irrelevant that baby John was born on a military base, which some other people have argued.

        The Panana Canal Zone was an unincorporated territory of the United States. People born in an unincorporated territory were considered U.S. nationals at birth, but not U.S. citizens.

        However, if you were born in the Canal Zone to two U.S. citizen parents, then another law applied, and you were a citizen at birth. If one parent was a U.S. citizen, you were a national. Congress passed legislation recognizing anyone who was born in the Canal Zone with at least one U.S. citizen parent as a U.S. citizen.

        The laws governing which children born abroad are considered U.S. citizens by birth have evolved. At one time, it was necessary for the child's father to be a U.S. citizen, but eventually that was evened out: either parent could transmit citizenship.

        Unless Ted Cruz has renounced Canadian citizenship, he should be a dual citizen--a citizen of Canada by being born in Canada, and a citizen of the United States, at birth, because his mother was a citizen who transmitted U.S. citizenship to him. (His father may have been a U.S. citizen then, as well.)

        I don't think it is a matter of whether Canada "wants" him. Unless he has renounced, he has Canadian citizenship.

        However, Ted Cruz left the country at the age of four. I doubt he has many memories of his brief time in Canada. He probably does not identify with Canada all that much.

        Incidentally, his mother would have had the benefit of the provincial health care system when he was born, and, for that matter, baby Ted would have been covered by that system from birth, as well.

        The basic question is whether a person has to have been born on U.S. soil to be a "natural born" citizen eligible to serve as president. John McCain wouldn't meet the criteria of being born on the right kind of U.S. soil, because it was unincorporated territory soil.

        If "natural born" is interpreted to mean that the person is a citizen of the United States at birth, then McCain meets that criteria as he was a citizen at birth through transmission of citizenship through his parents.

        Ted Cruz had at least one U.S. citizen parent who could transmit citizenship to him at birth, so I'd say there's a good argument he is indeed a natural born citizen.

        •  Ugh... (1+ / 0-)
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          True North

          Now I'm back to worrying.  

          It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

          by Radiowalla on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:21:45 PM PST

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          •  Think of the up-side (0+ / 0-)

            Won't it be fun to watch the people who came up with all kinds of hare-brained arguments about that mythical Kenyan baby and why he wasn't eligible to be president?

            Consider the "legal" arguments of Orly Taitz alone.

            Of course, in the end, the most devout anti-Kenyan-baby fighters will convince themselves that all of their "legal" arguments absolutely don't apply to a tea party politician.  

            No doubt there will be books about how Mrs. Cruz really drove to Sweetgrass to have her baby there, so that someday he could grow up to become president.

    •  so Ted was an anchor baby? (0+ / 0-)

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