After years of continued controversy surrounding Obama’s birth and eligibility to be president, Sen. Ted Cruz released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News last Friday to silence critics claiming he is ineligible to run in 2016.
Cruz was born in Calgary in December 1970 to an American mother, making him an “instant U.S. citizen.”
However, “under Canadian law, he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born,” the News reported.
The issue is that dual-citizenship. “Unless the Texas Republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries,” legal experts told the newspaper.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
The U.S. Constitution allows only a “natural born” American citizen to serve as president. Most legal scholars who have studied the question agree that includes an American born overseas to an American parent, such as Cruz.
The Constitution says nothing about would-be presidents born with dual citizenship.
The senator’s popularity and recent trips to Iowa have fueled speculation he is exploring a run for president. But the questions about his birth in Canada have had critics questioning his eligibility to do so.
Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the paper:
Senator Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and he never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen. To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.