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Friday, October 28, 2016

The birther controversy was the worst.

Not only was the horrible lie that President Obama is not a citizen thinly veiled racism masquerading as an “integrity” movement — much like voter ID — it was also nonsense. Even if President Obama had been born in Kenya — he wasn’t — he still would be a citizen.

Why? His mother was a citizen.

The same is true for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz — like the 2008 Republican nominee for president John McCain — was born out of the country. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, where his family was stationed with the U.S. Navy, but for some reason his citizenship never became much of an issue. Cruz’s mother was an American citizen when he was born in Canada, as his birth certificate shows, making him a U.S. citizen — and a Canadian citizen eligible for that country’s free universal health care.

“My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She’s a US citizen, so I’m a US citizen,” he told ABC’s This Week. “I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear. I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”

This should be the end of the discussion. And it likely would be if Cruz had the last name “McCain” or a fairer complexion. But Ted Cruz already has birthers — including possibly the world’s most famous birthers, Orly Taitz and Donald Trump. And those conspiracy theorists have a much more complex situation to deal with than those who hounded President Obama.

Cruz announced that he would be renouncing his Canadian citizenship earlier this year. To do this he’ll have to prove that he is indeed a citizen of the United States. That should be simple. But as a child of one citizen, Cruz’s birth falls under the Immigration and Nationality Act that applies to “Birth Abroad to One Citizen and One Alien Parent.”

Salon‘s Steven Lubet explains:

Under that provision, Cruz only qualifies for American citizenship if his mother was “physically present” in the United States for 10 years prior to his birth, five of which had to be after she reached the age of 14. The only definitive way to prove Eleanor Cruz’s 10 years of physical presence would be with documents such as leases, school registration, utility bills or tax records.

Lubet’s reading of the law does contrast with a report from the Congressional Research Service.

“The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that ‘natural born Citizen’ means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ including any child born ‘in’ the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements,” according to the Congressional Research Service’s Jack Maskell.

So the eligibility requirements will be tougher for him to renounce his Canadian citizenship than to run for president.

Obama birthers’ only case was their irrational suspicion of Obama, who had proof he was born in the United States. Ted Cruz’s birthers may actually have a point. But ultimately they’ll likely fail too — at least, I hope they do.

The junior senator from Texas would be my dream GOP candidate in 2016.

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  • Sand_Cat

    His mind is even more so.

    • Independent1

      What’s amazing to me is that there are people in America that would actually take this absolute clown seriously. It’s an indictment on the pure stupidity of a large percent of American voters.

      • Sand_Cat

        Yep. But there are plenty of others, too, and they don’t seem in danger of getting voted out, either.
        Frankly, I think it’s an absolute disgrace that over 40% of the voters selected Mitt Romney, or enough selected George W. Bush (in either election) that he was able to become or remain president. I am of the opinion that he stole 2000, but he couldn’t have without one hell of a lot of idiots pulling the levers for him.

  • Buford2k11

    And I thought Irony was what ya did to a wrinkled shirt…

  • JDavidS

    Now let’s wait for Forrest Trump and his “birther” bullshit…

    • Ford Truck

      Trump and the other birthers will not say one damn word about Cruz because Cruz is a Tea-bagger, just like them.

      • JDavidS

        Yup…That was my point. Cheers.

  • stcroixcarp

    I have nothing against Canadians, but Ted Cruz needs to be deported to the country of his birth.

    • Mikey7a

      Actually, if you have nothing against them, why in the name of all that’s holy, would you punish them with a Ted Cruz? That is cruel and unusual punishment!

      • Ford Truck

        I agree, Canada is a friendly nation, no need to inflict Ted Cruz on them. Instead, we should send him to one of the nations that accept the Taliban. Their political leanings are close to his!

        • sn77339

          Send this carpetbagger back to Cuba where the Castro brothers will pat him on the back and give him a medal for disrupting the US government. They couldn’t ask for a better agent.

          • tax payer

            Do you mean the Castro bothers that are twins and one is a Mayor, and the other one works for me and you.

        • Ben Frazer

          hey hey Canada was dick enough to stick us with Bieber………the debt must be repaid

        • Kenneth Henderson

          Hey my wife is willing to trade one hot mess for another, have you thought about taking Rob Ford, if Canada took Ted Cruz back?

    • RobertCHastings

      The country of his origin has yet to be definitively determined. There are those who could show reasonable proof that he is of Ugandan origin, with neither parent being American OR Canadian citizens. He has a twin sister with the same cleft chin who has been institutionalized since birth due to some congenital defect caused by thalidomide poisoning. He has several honorary degrees from specious online universities, but can show records only through the sixth grade, which he successfully completed at age 21. All of this information is readily available on the Internet, and has been vetted through and

      • stcroixcarp

        Geez, you are on to something here. Like Trump, Cruz was hatched on a planet in a galaxy far, far away!

    • tax payer

      Deport all the illegals playing in the NBA too.

      • Kenneth Henderson

        Please enlighten us to who is “illegal” playing in the NBA. Would you like to deport all the “illegals” that are in the NHL, MLB, MLS, and NFL too?

        (Btw, hate to burst your bubble, but those that you consider “illegal” are under contractual status, and have the correct and pertinent paperwork and visas to be in this country legally, but I digress, I sure would love to see your list of “illegals” in this country who are playing professional sports.)

        • lastone65

          It’s disgraceful that foreigners are allowed to play on our sports teams. It is why I don’t follow sports anymore. I’m not going to root for people from Ghana, Canada and Eastern European countries that I can’t even pronounce. Those jobs and all that money should be going to American players. It is particularly shameful how MLB purposefully sneaks in Cuban players. They don’t go through the legal process with them, Mr. Married to a Canadian. Just because you have no sense of loyalty to America doesn’t mean the rest of us don’t.

  • itsfun

    Does this mean both have a murkie citizenship?

    • johninPCFL

      No. Obama had documentation of his mother’s presence in Hawaii for the required decade. Cruz’ parents have yet to produce documentation showing that she met the habitation requirements.

  • FT66

    Place of birth matters a lot to someone who wants to become President. I do not think it really applies a lot to this idiot from Canada. From my point of view, he doesn’t look like a smart person to me. If he was smart, he could have gone through what made Mitt Romney lose election and try to rectify it. Instead he is making the situation even more worse than it was before. I do not think GOP is all that stupid to push this man’s name (Ted Cruz) forward and expect to win the election come 2016.

    • Lovefacts

      Ah, but Cruz, unlike Romney, is not only the T-party favorite but the controlling right’s, too. We should be so lucky Cruz, not Christie, is the Republican candidate for president. As for his citizenship, if the Democrats or anyone else wanted to be truly snarky, they could sue to remove his name from the ballot, claiming he wasn’t a citizen using Lubet’s reading of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Then the courts would have to rule if Cruz was a natural citizen. If they ruled Lubet’s reading was correct, then Cruz would have to prove his mother was not only physically, lived not vacationed, during the US ten years prior to his birth, but that five of them were after her 14th birthday.

      To think, Cruz and the Republicans would have only Trump and the birthers, including those birther politicians, to thank if the Supreme Court ruled him not a natural born citizen.

      • FT66

        Oh! boy. So every person nowadays GOP wants to make President should go through Court ruling! Dubya (Bush 43); John McCain; Mitt Romney with his hidden Income Tax; now Ted Cruz with his citizenship problem. There is dark-out in the whole Party .

    • Dominick Vila

      Sen. Cruz is a distraction. The last thing the GOP will do is nominate a Hispanic born overseas. The role being played by Cruz and Rubio is designed to distract us from the fact that the Republican party has nothing positive to offer, has not offered a single solution to any of our problems, or alternatives to the programs they love to hate. They will both fade away by 2015. When that happens they will realize they were used, the same way the Bush administration used Colin Powell to advance their nefarious agenda.

      • STMBT

        Does this Idiot Ted Cruz really think he has a chance at being the nominee of the rethuglicun party? that will never happen the rethuglican party will never nominate anyone that is not WHITE! he is nothing but a token for them just like Rubio. look what happen to Herman Caine, they (the republican party) were not about to have him be there canidate. and the same goes for Cruz and Rubio. and even if he was there nominee, minoritys especially hispanics will not vote for him anyway.

        • lastone65

          Cruz and Rubio are both white/Caucasian. You’re an imbecile.

          • bsdetector1

            The U.S. Census Bureau defines the ethnonym Hispanic or Latino to refer to “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race” and states that Hispanics or Latinos can be of any race, any ancestry, any ethnicity. Hispanic – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (

  • minidriver

    Funny thing, my sister was born in Germany at a US Army hospital while our parents were stationed there. Our mother was born in Oklahoma and our father was born in Texas. Both of them are US citizens, yet my sister had to go through the naturalization process, and thus would be ineligible.

    • Ford Truck

      I doubt your story! I was born in Nebraska and my wife was born in Iowa. We were stationed in the Philippines (1975) when our oldest son was born at a US Army hospital, and stationed in Germany (1976) when our daughter was born at a private German hospital. They were both U.S. citizens at birth and never had to go through any naturalization process.

      • minidriver

        Well, she was born in 1955. and I had to get her naturalization info when I originally was investigated for a security clearance (and every time I go for a renewal). I’m not doubting yours or anyone else. All that I know is that she has the same type of naturalization certificate that my wife (originally Canadian, became a US citizen in 2001) has.

        • lastone65

          I have a friend whose stepdaughter was born in Germany and when she came back to the US with her parents, she had to go through the naturalization process. I think it has something to do with how long the parents were out of the US before the child was born.

  • Dominick Vila

    President Obama’s right to become President is clearly spelled out in the Constitution of the United States, that is, unless Hawaii is not longer part of the Union.
    Sen. Cruz is a naturalized citizen. He was born in Canada, and his father was born in Cuba. Unlike Sen. McCain, who was considered a natural born citizens by virtue of the fact that both his parents were American-born and because his father was a U.S. Navy admiral serving his country in Panama, where John was born, Ted does not have such record or justification.
    Let’s face it, the reason Barack Obama’s right to be President is questioned by the Tea Party and other White Supremacist groups is because of the color of his skin. For bigots, he represents everything that is wrong with our society and, not surprisingly, he is treated as an usurper and a blemish in an otherwise pristine club where only white males are allowed, regardless of how dumb or corrupt some of them were.

    • scottinnh

      The fact that John McCain’s father was a U.S. Navy Admiral means nothing! to his citizenship. He’s clearly not natural born. He was not born on U.S. soil. He’s a U.S. Citizen, but not a natural born one. Neither is Mitt Romney, who was born in Mexico or Ted Cruz, born in Canada. None of them are Natural Born.

      Obama, was born in a Honolulu hospital, the Doctor’s wife remembers his birth, it was posted in two Hawaiin newspapers, and he has the long form certificate as well. Nothing could be more clear than the fact that Obama is Natural Born and none of these birthers are.

      • CanadianCruzIsIneligible

        George Romney, not his son, was born in Mexico, but yes, he was ineligible. McCain could arguably be eligible, because the Canal Zone was a U.S. territory, and his parents were on official government business like diplomats, but it is a flimsy argument.

      • lastone65

        Actually, McCain’s ancestry goes all the way back to the American Revolution, where the male members of the McCain family served in that war. They have served in the US military ever since this country was founded. That means PLENTY!!! He was born in the Panama Canal because his father was there on government business. Of course he is natural born.

  • charleo1

    When I first heard about this birth certificate thing, questioning Obama’s
    legitimacy to be POTUS. I thought well, that’s just about the dumbest thing I ever
    heard! But, not entirely surprised. Given the Right’s tendency to use this kind of
    scatter gun approach. Where conspiracies, and accusations are thrown aganist
    the wall. If they get totally debunked, there is no downside, for either the people that told the tale, or the politicians that repeated it. No loss of credibility. The hard core
    Righties are just as willing to believe the next outrageous story, as they were the last. But if they stick, they get embellished, and woven into a larger story created in much the same way. So, it is in this way, their candidate gets to run aganist an opponent they have defined as so awful, that even if their base can’t stand the GOP candidate. They’ll show up just to vote aganist the monster on the other side. And, probably aganist their own best interests, unless they are rich. But, it’s also a game. Where the base understands the rules very well. It’s okay to tell lies aganist the Democrats. Even if most of us know it’s a ruse. If it motivates some of our less informed Party members, it’s all good. For at the end of the day, it’s all about beating the Democrats. That’s why since the emergence of a Canadian born Cruz, the lie about Obama being born in Kenya, they pushed for more than 4 years, can now be
    discarded without comment, as a lie that had outlived it’s usefulness. Secure in the
    knowledge, there is always plenty more where that one came from.

  • Allan Richardson

    It is possible that Ted Cruz acquired TRIPLE citizenship at birth: Canadian from his place of birth, United States from his mother, and Cuban from his father. If I were one of his GOP primary opponents, and if I had no moral scruples (but I repeat myself), I would photoshop pictures of Cruz and Castro and raise doubts about his patriotism.

  • RobertCHastings

    Well, there should be no question that he is an alien. The only question is from which planet. The close likeness he bears to Joe McCarthy makes it likely his origin is from some sort of mutation of an extraterrestrial species of empaths who are able to assume the likeness of others. This, of course, is not meant to in any way claim or imply that he is empathetic, which is not necessarily a conjunct of empaths.

  • emeraldeyes24

    This Rafael Eduardo Cruz is one piece of work! He’s a JUNIOR Congressman from Texas and he ‘s been in Congress less than a year. Then he somehow worms his way into a position where he unseats John Boehner as leader of the House, AND orchestrates the Coup d’état that is the Shutdown! Now he’s the spokesman for the US Representatives and the character behind the sneaky11th hour vote WITHOUT the knowledge or the participation of the Democrats to make Boehner the only person who can authorize the introduction of a Bill to re-open the government!!! Then, yesterday [Friday] when the Republicans had the meeting with President Obama at the White House, Cruz walks in and starts telling the president what he [the president] is going to do – the joke is that Cruz told the president that he should step down!! I hope the president said to him ”Have a DAMN SEAT, CRUZ!” This guy is beyond Narcissistic, he’ s an absolute madman – completely self-absorbed. And willing to take the country down in order to get what he wants! Of course, once he’s screwed up America, he thinks he can come back to Canada – WELL, WE DON’T WANT HIM!! Unbelievable.

  • Ben Frazer

    just because his birth certificate was a written apology from the condom factory, doesn’t give him the right to attack anyone’s citizenship

  • Kenneth Henderson

    My wife is Canadian, and as such she is asking if we could possibly trade Senator Cruz for the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. He would fit perfectly in the GOP system, and would be a fine representative of the Tea Party. Ted Cruz could very well be fixed by the health care system in Canada, and he could retire a wealthy man with a ranch somewhere in Alberta. What the Tea Party needs is a real hero, and one hot mess, Rob “I love to smoke crack on camera” Ford.

  • Chris

    There is a big difference in being born from American parents, serving honorably in the US Military, and an illegal Cuban hiding in Canada with a refugee hooker! It don’t make you a citizen Ted! You are still a piece of shit! Canadian Shit!

  • Chris

    I am a US citizen, and my wife is not. Our children were born in Europe, and are NOT US citizens! Don’t be fooled by Ted Cruz bullshit. He is not a citizen by virtue of his mother. He gained citizenship like all the other immigrants. He is not now, and never will be eligible to run for president.

    • Ben Frazer

      A person born on or after November 14, 1986, is a U.S. citizen if all of the following are true:[9]
      The person’s parents were married at time of birth
      One of the person’s parents was a U.S. citizen when the person in question was born
      The citizen parent lived at least five years in the United States before the child’s birth
      A minimum of two of these five years in the United States were after the citizen parent’s 14th birthday.

      • pjluckyman

        Only way to legally prove that citizenship is to complete the CRBA/Passport process and then that only proves you are citizen. It doesn’t however make you a natural born citzen…

        • Ben Frazer

          Cruz’s mother is a US citizen and had lived in the US for 10 years before moving to Canada…… Law this makes Cruz a natural born US citizen

          • pjluckyman

            That only makes him a citizen. Natural born citizen is a person born IN the United States to TWO U.S. Citizen parents. Any person who derives citizenship via the congressional powers in Art I Sec 8 in the words of the Supreme Court of the United States are in terms of the Constitution “Naturalized” (Rogers v Bellei 1971)

            The only naturalized citizens eligible to be President were those born before 1787. See Justice Story’s commentaries on the Constitution below.

            Pics below
            Historical text book excerpts stating you have to be born IN the United States to be President

            Rogers V Bellei, and the Naturalization process that Ted was subject too.

            Commentaries on the Constitution by Justice Story.

          • pjluckyman

            Justice Story’s commentary on the Constitution.

      • Darian Jorda

        Ben Frazer: “A person born on or after November 14, 1986, is a U.S. citizen…” — US citizen Yes. Natural-born citizen No.

  • The fact is in 1970 an illegitimate child born on foreign soil could not gain American citizenship through the mother. Fact. The thing everyone assumes is that Eleanor Darragh (maiden name) Wilson (married name) was married at the time of “Ted’s” birth. His citizenship depends on it.

    So, far, no one has been able to find a marriage certificate anywhere in North America between Rafael Cruz or the former(?) Mrs. Wilson. Also, they haven’t been able to find divorce papers for Rafael Cruz and his wife Julia Garza. When it comes to Ted Cruz’s citizenship, the real question is when did his parents obtain their divorces AND when did they marry one another? And if they claim “common-law”, what is the date on the agreement?

    • CanadianCruzIsIneligible

      They can’t find Eleanor’s birth certificate or the U.S. taxes she would have to pay, either.

  • RobertLaity

    Neither Obama OR Cruz are “Natural-Born Citizen[s]”. An NBC is “one born in the United States of Parents who were both American citizens themselves at the time of said person’s birth”. That has been affirmed by the Supreme Court in Minor v Happersett. McCain and Rubio as well as Santorum,Jindal and Swarzenegger are equally disqualified. None of them are NBCs. Racism has nothing to do with it. One’s race is not a license to violate the Constitution.

    • Michael Hill

      Hawaii was a state when President Obama was born and his mother was an American citizen. Get over it.

  • Darian Jorda

    Cruz was born in Canada and is a natural-born Canadian. At best Cruz was naturalized as an American citizen at birth. That’s not the same thing as natural-born. Cruz is not eligible. Obama was born in Hawaii. Period. Obama is eligible.

  • Michael Hill

    Ted Cruz refuses to provide his Naturalization papers to prove his citizenship. Why? Because both of his parents became Canadian citizens. Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for President because the Constitution only allows for Natural Born citizens to run for president.

  • lastone65

    What a racist article. “…like would be the end of it if he were of fairer complexion.” I didn’t notice that Cruz is not of fair complexion. His father was Cuban – they are Caucasian being of Spanish descent. Cruz is no darker than any other European. Always amuses me as those who are deeply biased themselves pull out that race card as soon as they can.