Since Sen. Ted Cruz announced his Republican presidential run there has been much controversy as to whether he was a ‘natural born citizen,’ which, according to the Constitution both his mother and father must be United States citizens.
Eleanor Darragh, mother of Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Delaware on Nov. 23, 1934, establishing her citizenship by birth and, according to U.S. law, that of her son, even though he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970, is in fact eligible to be president.
Later, Ted Cruz’s own birth certificate listed his mother as “Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson.” “Elizabeth” was her mother’s first name, and “Wilson” is a surname from a previous marriage.
The Cruz campaign was responding to inquiries from Breitbart News about a document showing that both of Cruz’s parents had been named on a list of voters in Calgary for the 1974 Canadian federal election.
Only Canadian citizens were (and are) able to vote in federal elections. The lists were compiled through a door-to-door process of “enumeration” by registrars, and were publicized partly so that mistakes could be corrected.
According to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency that runs Canadian elections–“voters were sent a copy of the list showing the name, address and occupation of all voters in the relevant poll.”
Mistakes were frequent (i.e. “Raphael” instead of “Rafael”), and voters were given the opportunity to fix errors.
Ezra Levant, a Canadian conservative journalist who was born and raised in Calgary, recalled the process of enumeration.
“It was like a census… they were very quick and non-obtrusive visits, someone standing in your doorstep,” he told Breitbart News via e-mail. “They certainly didn’t ask for ID.
“It is not surprising to me that there may be a spelling error in someone’s name. A name appearing on the list would not necessarily indicate that they were a citizen, or that they themselves had even spoken to the enumerator—someone else in the household may have spoken for them,” Levant added.
The Cruz campaign told Breitbart News on Friday that Cruz’s mother had never become a Canadian citizen.
“She was in Canada on a work permit and never became a permanent resident, let alone a citizen,” said Jason Johnson, chief strategist for the Cruz campaign.
“She never registered to vote and never applied for Canadian citizenship.”
In a subsequent statement to Breitbart News, Johnson added:
“Eleanor was never a citizen of Canada, and she could not have been under the facts or the law. In short, she did not live in Canada long enough to be a Canadian citizen by the time Cruz was born in 1970: Canadian law required 5 years of permanent residence, and she moved to Canada in December 1967—only 3 years before Senator Cruz’s birth.”
The campaign could not provide her Canadian work permit.
Canadian immigration authorities could not provide Breitbart News with additional documents, citing Canadian privacy laws.
There is still the controversy surrounding Cruz Sr., Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, who was born 22 March 1939, in Matanzas, Cuba.
The U.S. Constitution allows only a “natural born” American citizen to serve as president. Most legal scholars who have studied the question agree that includes an American born overseas to an American parent, such as Cruz.
El Passo News reported that forty-eight years and two citizenship’s later, Cruz Sr., finally applies for US citizenship: After living eight years in Canada, the Cruz family returned to the United States with Ted Cruz. It was not until 2005, almost 48 years after leaving Cuba that the father finally acquired US citizenship.
As a recap, Ted Cruz’ father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz left Cuba, after bribing a Cuban official, entered the US on a four year student visa that he then converted to a political asylum visa. The elder Cruz then marries a US citizen that grants him an automatic jump to the front of the line for a green card. He then leaves the US and becomes a Canadian citizen only to return to the US and apply for citizenship 48 years after leaving Cuba.
Can Ted Cruz argue that his father followed the immigration rules? More importantly, what does the three citizenship’s held by Cruz’ father say about his father’s love for the country his son wishes to govern?
Although, does it really matter what his father did, or did not do, he is not running for president.
It must be pointed out that Ted Cruz did not follow immigration rules; supposedly, he did not know that he was a Canadian citizen for most of his life until someone pointed it out to him and he took corrective action.
Did Ted Cruz follow the rules he admonishes others to follow, more specifically illegals and the thousands of refugees Obama is flooding the United States with?
On May 14, 2014, Ted Cruz formally renounced his Canadian citizenship.