Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate In Anticipation Of 2016 Presidential Run

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In a move that’s hard not to associate with his potential ambitions to seek the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News, which published a story with an image of the document on Sunday.

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The birth certificate affirms Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. His mother, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson, gave birth to Cruz in Calgary in 1970. Upon his birth, Cruz became an American citizen, though not a “natural-born citizen” as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The newspaper volunteers perhaps too many pejorative comments about Cruz’ dual citizenship, but his naturalization status at birth is a real topic that’s lit a fire under mainstream media pundits.

In a column published Monday, Personal Liberty’s Bob Livingston explained the U.S. Supreme Court precedent that, if we are still a Nation of laws, should keep Cruz out of the Presidential race.

Offer us your take on the Senator’s eligibility in the comments.

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  • Alan

    If he wasn’t born on United States soil to American parents he is ineligible to run, plain and simple. Too bad because he might actually have been a worthwhile president.

    • Jeffrey Cereghino

      Cruz can run for president. Here is the article re birth qualifications to be natural born citizen
      Although eligibility for the Presidency was not an issue in any 19th-century litigation, there have been a few cases that shed light on “natural-born citizen”. The leading case is Lynch v. Clarke,[35] which dealt with a New York law (similar to laws of other states at that time) that only a U.S. citizen could inherit real estate. The plaintiff, Julia Lynch, had been born in New York while her parents, both British, were briefly visiting the U.S., and shortly thereafter all three left for Britain and never returned to the U.S. The New York Chancery Court determined that, under common law and prevailing statutes, she was a U.S. citizen by birth and nothing had deprived her of that citizenship, notwithstanding that both her parents were not U.S. citizens or that British law might also claim her through her parents’ nationality. In the course of the decision, the court cited the Constitutional provision and said:
      Suppose a person should be elected president who was native born, but of alien parents; could there be any reasonable doubt that he was eligible under the Constitution? I think not. The position would be decisive in his favor, that by the rule of the common law, in force when the Constitution was adopted, he is a citizen.[36]
      And further:
      Upon principle, therefore, I can entertain no doubt, but that by the law of the United States, every person born within the dominions and allegiance of the United States, whatever the situation of his parents, is a natural born citizen. It is surprising that there has been no judicial decision upon this question.[37]
      The decision in Lynch v. Clarke was cited as persuasive or authoritative precedent in numerous subsequent cases, including In re Look Tin Sing,[38] on the issue of whether the child, born in the U.S., to two Chinese parents (who were prevented by federal law from becoming U.S. citizens) was a U.S. citizen, notwithstanding the nationality of his parents or the fact that he had traveled to China with them and not returned to the U.S. for many years. The federal court held in a decision written by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen J. Field) that he was a citizen by birth, and remained such despite his long stay in China, cited the decision in Lynch v. Clarke and described that case:
      After an exhaustive examination of the law, the Vice-Chancellor said that he entertained no doubt that every person born within the dominions and allegiance of the United States, whatever the situation of his parents, was a natural-born citizen, and added that this was the general understanding of the legal profession, and the universal impression of the public mind.[39]
      The Lynch case was also cited as a leading precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898),[40] which similarly held that the child born here of two Chinese parents was a birthright US citizen, and that decision also used the phrase “natural born”.[41]
      In 1939 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Perkins v. Elg, regarding a young woman, born in New York a year after her father became a naturalized U.S. citizen. However, when she was about four her parents returned to Sweden taking her with them, and they stayed in Sweden. At age 20, this young woman contacted the American diplomats in Sweden and, shortly after her 21st birthday, returned to the United States on a U.S. passport and was admitted as a U.S. citizen. Years later, while she was still in America, her father in Sweden relinquished his American citizenship, and, because of that, the Department of Labor (then the location of the Immigration & Naturalization Service) declared her a non-citizen and tried to deport her. The young woman filed suit for a declaratory judgment that she was an American citizen by birth. She won at the trial level, and at the circuit court—where she was repeatedly described as “a natural born citizen”[42]—and finally in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the court decision quoted at length from the U.S. Attorney-General’s opinion in Steinkauler’s Case (mentioned above) including the comment that the person born in America and raised in another country could yet “become President of the United States”.[43]

    • Liz

      O’Bama only had one American parent and no one knows for sure where he was born.

      • jag

        He was HATCHED UNDER A ROCK NEXT TO THE SEAGULLS ,flyin rats! THAT SURROUND HIM!

        • IsThisAmerica

          LOL

    • guest

      What everyone forgets is that CANADA is also on North American soil.
      The border is a made up line not a separation in the actual landmass.
      And, as said before, if Obama did it, so can Cruz

      • IsThisAmerica

        We have to keep our borders. If we don’t we no longer have a soverign country.

  • bct

    if congress won’t let cruz run for president maybe he should sue
    for discrimination. If Obama is eligible so is cruz.

    • Julyette J

      You are right about that.

    • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

      Because Barack Hussein Obama was elected President, of course Ted Cruz is eligible to be elected President. Barack Hussein Obama’s father was or is a Kenyan National, a citizen of Kenya, possibly also a British subject or a British citizen, when Obama was mysteriously born in some mystery hospital somewhere in Hawaii.

      • Liz

        How do we know where O’Bama was born? Every so called birth certificate has different info on it.

        • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

          Yes, you are 110% correct. The so called “birth certificate” displayed at the White House to so called “news reporters”(LOL!!!) on April 27, 2011 has already been proven by now and by perhaps dozens of other independent computer engineers and computer software designers to be a collection of independent electronic fragments that have been melded together to display a fake or fraudulent document that is not a normal procedure to display a one piece paper document. Although a few layers of a computer generated document based on a one piece paper document(aka the template document) may be produced in error, there are simply too many layers for the computer generated image to be based on a one piece paper document. It is not possible to make that type of mistake. That has been proven.

        • Isabella

          Liz, you are right.We don’t know where he really was born.But, two wrong would not make the right.I remember when Holder said ” we are a coward nation”. Maybe once in his life time, he get close to the truth.Not ,SCOTUS, not any Court in the USA, had the guts to stand-up and follow the Constitution of our country.

          • Elton Robb

            not him either. But Obama has to be born somewhere. He just didn’t spontaneously exist.

          • IsThisAmerica

            We know nothing about Obama. He just appeared out of no where and got elected. Or maybe he was selected.

    • Liz

      Agree….

  • Dirty Daug

    This may bring a shakeup about who Obama is and why is he President if he was born elsewhere. The Democrats will always say Obama is a legal President but they will say Cruz cannot be because he was not born in the USA. We know nothing about Obama and everything about Cruz. Obama’s last citizenship was in Indonesia and he has nothing to show that he is a citizen of the USA because he never bothered about getting an American citizenship.

    • Speak2Truth

      Cruz is disqualified. His Father was not a US Citizen.

      The law defining Natural Born Citizen status was written by the Founders and was most recently applied when confirming John McCain qualifies. It requires birth to American Citizens. This is to prevent any foreign nation from having legal claim over the person.

      Obama also could not qualify. That’s why his lawyers continue the fight to prevent his legal birth document from being entered into evidence in a courtroom.

  • Dirty Daug

    This may bring a shakeup about who Obama is and why is he President if he was born elsewhere. The Democrats will always say Obama is a legal President but they will say Cruz cannot be because he was not born in the USA. We know nothing about Obama and everything about Cruz. Obama’s last citizenship was in Indonesia and he has nothing to show that he is a citizen of the USA because he never bothered about getting an American citizenship.

  • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

    I WILL vote for Ted Cruz in 2016 even if I can only cast a write in vote, then so be it. Ted Cruz is what a Traditional Conservative Pro-Constitution Republican Presidential candidate should be. Ted Cruz is an endangered species. He is younger than Ron Paul and possibly Ted Cruz is more realistic in foreign policy than Ron Paul, but I would also vote for Ron Paul for President regardless of his awkward ideology on foreign policy.

  • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

    I WILL vote for Ted Cruz in 2016 even if I can only cast a write in vote, then so be it. Ted Cruz is what a Traditional Conservative Pro-Constitution Republican Presidential candidate should be. Ted Cruz is an endangered species. He is younger than Ron Paul and possibly Ted Cruz is more realistic in foreign policy than Ron Paul, but I would also vote for Ron Paul for President regardless of his awkward ideology on foreign policy.

  • Chester

    If Obama had done this when he first started his presidential run, there would have been just as much, if not more noise about the fact that his father was not and is not an American citizen. He HAS released as much of his birth certificate as the State of Hawaii allows anyone to have, and yet no one will even accept what is there for all to read. In Mr. Cruz’ case, the fact that he was born outside the the United States to one American citizen and one other, it is a lot more questionable, yet I hear Republicans screaming to let him run. I am afraid he has about as much of a chance of getting my vote as Joe Biden, UNLESS Chris Christie runs against him.

    • guest

      The Hawaii one was just a register of birth but NOT the real certificate.
      And was he really born in Hawaii?
      Very doubtful.
      I believe his grandmother more

      • Elton Robb

        So do I.

  • HandyGeek

    It’s amazing how many people without a clue as to the complete legal history re. the qualifications for President broadcast their ignorance across the Internet. I strongly suspect that most who are sabotaging Cruz are operatives for Democrat, Libertarian, or other GOP candidates – not honest constitutional arbiters.
    I agree with those who recognize Ted Cruz as the best man for the job in “such a time as this”, and I agree with the constitutional/legal scholars who state that his mother’s length of citizenship is all that is required for him to legally seek the Presidency.
    I disagree with those who assert that they know with certainty the meaning of “natural born citizen” – since such is unknowable – the authors didn’t explain and are now long-dead.
    Rather than nitpick like lawyers let’s elect the best man – freedom, not lawyerese is at stake!

    • hippybiker

      You, like O-bozo and Mooch, most likely wipe yourself with OUR Constitution.

  • guest

    Well, if the Imposter was allowed to become a so-called president with a British father and US mother, who was underage at the time, then Cruz is just as eligible.
    Sauce for the goose?????

    • carl_AF

      No, we should not deviate from the law of the land. Everything the President has done in violation of the Constitution should be reversed by the Supreme Court.

  • David Wallace

    I can’t believe so many people think just because one guy committed fraud to gain the Presidency then it’s ok for another guy to break the law and do the same. Get real people, don’t like the rules then change them the lawful way. Law by precedent is how we got into this mess.

  • Robert Zraick

    Follow the law or change it via the law itself. You can’t ignore it just because you want to. If Cruz is not a natural born citizen then unfortunate or not, he can not be a Presidential candidate.

    The Constitution means exactly what it says. If you want to change it, then amend it.

    At least he is being more honest about it than Obama. Elect him to any other office or support him to be nominated to a cabinet position.

  • gregsmom

    I think Cruz would be a good candidate except that he doesn’t fit the Constitutional requirements, and we need to put the power back in the Constitution, not take it away even more. So he’ll be great as a part of a conservative president’s cabinet, but we need a candidate who can win, and I think this issue would become too much of a liability. I can only hope that Cruz isn’t a spoiled, destructive egotist like Gingrich who would rather see the party defeated than support another candidate.

  • carl_AF

    Born in Canada makes him unauthorized to be president of the United States. We have had enough deviations from the Constitution. This would be the time to stop so this administration would see that we are for following the Constitution. The Supreme Court should cause everything that has been done, in deviation of the Constitution, be reversed.

  • Elton Robb

    Well, at least Cruz showed proof that he is a naturalized citizen.

    • jag

      Of what, being another Good LIAR????!starting to see a pattern here,lotts of people here wanting to vote canadian!!??? Sad

      • Elton Robb

        I’m not voting cruz next election. I’m voting libertarian.

  • Jeff Noncent

    I am glad that Ted Cruz provide his birth certificate, what about the Rat

  • Dave

    The main question is. Was his parents on vacation/traveling or what? Going in to labor doesn’t have a designated place. I have an AMERICAN friend that was born abroad. Why? Because he was a military brat. He could of been born in damn Hong Kong. Trust me he wouldn’t have made a good Asian. If Cruz was born and raised in Canada then theres a problem. I like Cruz. But, if he was an immigrant then got citizenship. THATS A PROBLEM. But, unlike Obama. He doesn’t have a bunch of different papers. And, Obama still won’t present the real birth certificate. Of course that doesn’t seem to matter in D.C. He has broken all kinds of other laws. And nothing done.

    • jag

      Remember canada is north, go there and vote for him, oh u probably have dual citz. Also!!!!?

  • jag

    Is this what u really want???? B very careful what u wish for: obama,cruz!!???

  • Robbie

    president Obama was born in the U.S. and his mother was American and yet many posters here say he’s not legally qualified to be President. Therefore Cruz is also inelligible. Mother was American but Cruz was born in another country.

  • Freespirit

    I hate to upset the applecart here but as a Canadian I can assure you all that Ted has DUAL Citizenship. Born in Canada makes him automatically Canadian but since his mother is American he is also American. He wont have to prove Canadian citizenship because hospital records will show he was born in Canada.He will however have to prove he is American but that is easy .His mother will simply have to apply for the proper documents based on her being the mother and American. What is citizenship anyway-a piece of paper. CHARACTER and VALUES are what should count. Judge for the man based on those not his birth place.