Conservative lightning rod Ted Cruz has received some criticism from his many leftist detractors regarding his dual citizenship. Although he has already proved his status as an American, since he was born in Alberta, Canada, many have used that fact in an effort to discredit the expected presidential candidate.
The Tea Party-backed Texas senator is addressing the issue just months after he was made aware he actually holds a Canadian residency. Much like America, our neighbors to the north ascribe citizenship on any child born within its borders. Since Cruz’s mother was an American, though, he has always claimed his birthright as a U.S. citizen.
According to Cruz, his mother apparently misinterpreted Canada’s law and informed him from an early age that he would need to actively seek citizenship in that country if he so desired. In August, however, reports revealed the junior senator was actually a legal resident of both nations.
Earlier this month, Cruz expressed his desire to renounce his Canadian citizenship and announced that he has “retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship.”
Until news sources advanced the story, Cruz said he never had a reason to give his Canadian birth much thought.
“There was no reason to retain counsel to analyze Canadian law,” he said, “because it wasn’t relevant to anything I was doing.”
Though many speculate his recent interest indicates a desire to seek higher political office, Cruz remains evasive when asked about such aspirations.
“My political perspective is focused on representing the state of Texas,” he explained.
Cruz is showing his dedication to America by acting swiftly and decisively upon realizing his citizenship was split at birth. Even so, the man who many on the left consider a villain will likely continue to face harsh and undue criticism from his political opponents.
Barack Obama and his minions, on the other hand, meet accusations that his birth certificate is fraudulent with derision and ad hominem attacks. Of course, such deflection is how today’s left addresses almost any scandal.
Ted Cruz is once again showing his ability to rise above the political fray, addressing controversy head-on before returning to the work for which he was elected.
–B. Christopher Agee
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