For some reason, a little thundercloud of “controversy” over his eligibility to serve as President of the United States has been hovering over Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). On Sunday, he took it seriously enough to release his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News, which dutifully ran with an image of the document in question. It does not seem to have taken Senator Cruz very long to locate his birth certificate, and very little drama was involved.
The reason this is a big deal, to the people making a big deal about it, is that Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother. This technically makes him a citizen of both Canada and the United States, under the laws of the respective countries. As the Dallas Morning News explains:
Unless the Texas Republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say.
That means he could assert the right to vote in Canada or even run for Parliament. On a lunch break from the U.S. Senate, he could head to the nearby embassy — the one flying a bright red maple leaf flag — pull out his Calgary, Alberta, birth certificate and obtain a passport.
“He’s a Canadian,” said Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section.
Read More at Human Events . By John Hayward.