Texas' U. S. Senator Ted Cruz has renounced his citizenship from Canada. The Tea Party favorite is talking about his nation of birth while making a swing this week through the Lone Star state.
Senator Ted Cruz wants to make it clear he is a red blooded American despite being born in Canada. Senator Cruz, who has always maintained he has U.S. Citizenship says he will sever ties with the nation of his birth.
According to a birth certificate, released by the Senator's office, Rafael Edward Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada on December 22, 1970. While his father was from Cuba the future Texas Senator gained U.S. Citizenship through his mother, who was from Delaware. That link apparently is enough to satisfy Article II of the U.S. Constitution regarding qualifications for running for President.
"He became a citizen the day he was born and had two citizenships it's not uncommon to see people who have dual citizenship," said Immigration lawyer Thomas Esparza.
It's some-what poetic justice, said Esparza, that a hard liner on immigration will get a taste of the bureaucratic red tape his clients deal with.
"Hopefully he will realize we are a nation of immigrants and he can't be like people were in the 1800's, 1900's or the earlier 20th Century and slam the door on immigration. Immigration is what makes this and always made our country ....vital," said Esparza.
Senator Cruz has gone down this path before. The issue came up last year during his bid for the Senate seat he now holds. Bringing it back up could be an indication of some political house cleaning for a larger national campaign.
"He's a victim of his own party in the sense- that it was his party that raised the issue against Obama and now he has to defend the exact same charges," said Political analyst Brian Smith.
Senator Cruz, if he launches a 2016 Presidential Bid may be able to appease the Birther voting bloc, according to Smith, but the issue could still be used by political rivals.
"If he neutralizes the issue he remains a viable Republican candidate if he is unable to neutralize that issue then the Republicans and the Democrats have a lot of ammunition to go after him in the Primary of then if he actually does get the nomination, the General Election," said Smith.
Senator Cruz is not alone. There have been other presidential candidates who had to deal with nationality questions. They include Barry Goldwater who was born in what was then known as the Arizona Territory. U.S Senator and former GOP Presidential Nominee John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Michigan Governor George Romney-Mit's dad was born in Mexico. And former President Chester A. Arthur was the original Birther Candidate. Historians are still debating about whether or not he was born in Canada.
Senator Cruz may quickly find out just how politically dangerous going down this path will be. He reportedly has a trip scheduled later this week for New Hampshire.