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Canadian-Born Ted Cruz Getting Birther Meds From Left and Right ~ TEXT and VIDEO

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Ted Cruz is getting some of his tea party's own medicine. To be clear, Ted Cruz is a US citizen. He is born of an American mother and a Cuban father. He was born in Calgary, Canada. US statute says the following:


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Carrie B (306)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 1:59 pm

Ted Cruz is getting some of his tea party's own medicine. To be clear, Ted Cruz is a US citizen. He is born of an American mother and a Cuban father. He was born in Calgary, Canada. US statute says the following:
A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) of the INA provided the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child's birth. (For birth on or after November 14, 1986, a period of five years physical presence, two after the age of fourteen, is required. For birth between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen, is required for physical presence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child.) The U.S. citizen parent must be the genetic or the gestational parent and the legal parent of the child under local law at the time and place of the child’s birth to transmit U.S. citizenship.
The hypocrisy of the right on this issue is astounding. President Obama was born in Hawaii. It is understood that many are geographically challenged in believing Hawaii is not the USA. But everyone knew the president's mother was born in Wichita, Kansas. One cannot get more American than that. At least the same statute that applies to Ted Cruz applied to President Obama. Yet many in the media gave the birther's stories traction and a platform.
What is ironic is that Ted Cruz's journey to "natural born citizen" is pretty dubious if one wanted to be crass about it. Head below the fold for more on this story.

The Salon article"Ted Cruz's ironic birther predicament" is spot on:

Cruz’s official Canadian birth certificate, as posted by the Dallas Morning News, shows that Rafael Edward Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, on December 22, 1970. Oddly, however, the birth was not registered until December 31, leaving an unexplained gap of nine days. But where was baby Ted over Christmas, an astute birther might ask. Donald Trump could build a casino in a hole that size.
Still, the birth certificate does state that Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. As Cruz has often said, that made him a U.S. citizen at birth, and therefore eligible to be president – but only if the birth certificate is accurate. The Canadian officials would have had no reason to question Cruz’s mother about her native country, nor would they have demanded any proof. Her word alone was good enough for Canadian purposes. Why would they care about the baby’s future qualification for the U.S. presidency?

President Obama did not have to produce any documents if he did not want to. Again, he was born in the United States of America. He was born on US land, not a Canal Zone in Panama like John McCain or Canada soil like Ted Cruz. It seems Ted Cruz may be missing some papers. Will the tea party start requesting these? As the Salon article continues:
Which brings us – or rather, which ought to bring the birthers – to the documents Cruz has not produced. Where, for example, is the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which Cruz’s parents could have obtained at the U.S. consulate in Calgary? That would at least establish their intention to register him as an American citizen while they were living in Canada. For that matter, where is Eleanor Wilson’s own birth certificate? I mean, anyone can claim to have been born in Delaware, and everyone (including this dual citizen of the United States and Canada) knows that Canadians are too polite to ask tough questions. Birthers will have no such qualms. Will they require documentary proof?
Of course, even a sheaf of birth certificates would still leave Cruz’s citizenship technically open to question. Under the law in effect in 1970, Cruz would only have acquired U.S. citizenship if his mother had been “physically present” in the United States for ten years prior to his birth, including five years after she reached the age of fourteen. Neither Cruz’s birth certificate, nor his mother’s, nor the Consular Report could irrefutably establish Eleanor Wilson’s residence for the necessary length of time. For all birthers know, she might have been living in Kenya.

Poetic justice is wonderful. Ted Cruz, the present day politician channeling McCarthy will likely have his McCarthy deflation moment sooner than later.


Kathleen M (208)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 2:31 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Think "birthers" have way too much time on their grubby hands!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 2:50 pm
It's a good job one's nationality isn't questioned in the world of sport!?!

Freya H (344)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 3:45 pm
The Republican "birthers" have been beating the long-dead horse of Obama's (phony) foreign birth for years. Now their candidate is one of foreign birth. Or should I say hatching out of an egg case? Talk about double standards.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 4:11 pm
I am glad you posted this article, because it gives all the pertinent provisions of law regarding birth citizenship if born outside the US. While doing so, it clarifies that President Obama would have been a natural born citizen even had he been born in Kenya - or, for that matter, Outer Antarcticstan. It points out that Cruz's MOTHER's birth certificate would be more to the point - though not conclusive - it would have to be followed up with evidence of residency - unlike the President's mother, she Is still under the radar so we don't know for sure where she was every second of her life.

Candy L (473)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 4:57 pm
I want to see his Mother's Birth Certificate!

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 6:46 pm
Saw this on e-mail, thought to send it to you, Carrie.
So, as I commented in a recent posting, with Cruz and Paul in a possible battle for the nomination, it was going to be, already now is, fun to watch...even if Ayn Rand's namesake does not run.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 6:49 pm
So where was she living after his birth, and for how long?
Boy, I'll bet the Canadians are glad he's here, not running around with Harper!

Rachel Nichols (9)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 7:06 pm

Edith B (146)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 9:14 pm
Thanks, Carrie, love this info. The birthers will be strangely silent because Cruz is a Republican.

Lynne Willey (2)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 3:42 am
I was raised in a republican home but with college educated parents. I assumed that I was a republican, and was a military spouse. I never voted a straight ticket but I saw myself as a republican all the same. Then in the 80's ignorance started taking over the party and they forced me out. I am proud to be a recovered republican.

I don't see that Cruz should be allowed to run for office. But this doesn't surprise me at all. The GOP told us that we could not have a man as president who had never served in the military when Clinton ran.....then they voted in a deserter. In case some reader never served.....when one is a pilot like bush was supposed to be, showing up for duty and for required physicals is NOT optional. One excuse bush gave was he wasn't sure which base to show up for service.....that was something his dad or secretary could have found out....but bases are not that hard to find. Someone would've told him where to go.

And then they spend millions going after Obama trying to prove he wasn't American. And it is no surprise they are hypocrites on this as well.

Values are what you have all of the time, not just when it works against others.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 4:48 am

Gene J (289)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 6:53 am
To run for President he also must be 35 years old and 14 years a resident. All the same I want to see that birth record, all of them. Since Trump is a "potential" candidate himself, I'd think he'd be leading the charge to demand production of all documents. I just want a copy so I can burn it. :^)

pam w (139)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 8:36 am
Gene, I've had that same thought about Donald Trump....he who made SUCH a ridiculous stink about Obama's birth certificate...let's see "The Donald" wriggle around in this mess!


Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 12:23 pm
The blatant hypocrisy around Cruz and Obama's citizenships is good for a laugh, however Ted Cruz putting himself up as candidate for the presidency is no laughing matter at all. The fact that hateful crazies like Cruz are running, does the image of the US with the rest of the world no favors. You should hear what our media have to say about Ted and other Republican/TP wannabes. Even our right wing media have a ball with them.

Being foreign and not well versed in America's constitutional subtleties, I was wondering what this "natural born citizens" meant for people who were born with the help of a Caesarean section. Aren't the allowed to become president even if they were conceived by two American citizens and born right on Capitol Hill's doorstep?

Louise D (44)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:26 pm
Having memories of the previous candidates on both sides has always been a bit of a political joke the Republicans tend to bring out the crazies early on as well as others that something of the night about them. Though I never thought the Birthers could actually be consistent, as a rule they are told again and again the facts but to their little tin foil hat protected brains nothing gets through but the steady low of bozo rays from Fox News and the subliminal messages from the likes of Sarah Palin which generally are thought to be something to do with her having uncontrollable flatulence. Ted Cruz is coming out even though he has demonstrated there is no cause he would attack for his crazed political agenda many realize that nearly tanking the world economy is not going to stop him trying it for keeps.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday March 27, 2015, 5:02 am
I believe Ted Cruz have bigger obstacles waiting for him.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 28, 2015, 6:24 am
Presumably he can produce the clinic records of the actual birth to prove he was BORN the day he says!

There are many countries where there is a time lag allowed for registering a newborn ... giving time to finalise decisions on the name. I suspect Canada probably has quite a long one. I believe that in the UK it is 6 months - but maybe that is just for the name, & there is some interim name such as "Baby Cruz" that may be modified?

I know that in some countries, there is also a limited time lag allowed - leading to some discrepancies between "real" and "official" birthdays! J had a colleague who celebrated 2 birthdays for this reason - her parents entered a much later day of birth when registering with the Civil Registration office, in order to avoid a big fine! (She must have been one of the largest "newborns" on record as she was 7 months old! But they'd been up in the hills, and didn't want to have to travel just to declare her birth ....

I do love it when politicians' games come back to slap them in the face!

Thanks Carrie!
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