Why Ted Cruz, GOP Contender’s Dual Citizenship isn’t Legally a Problem for His Run…Top Lawyers Debate

The rhetoric of birthers finally got resolved concerning the issue of whether Barrack Obama is legitimately the President of the United States and now Americans are going over issues of citizenship again with another candidate.

Ted Cruz, a nominee for President, who is gaining some real traction, is a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada. In America, it is a requirement that to run for president you have to be a naturalized citizen. So what is the debate? Many are asking if Ted Cruz, who wasn’t physically born in the United States, is eligible to run in 2016.

There is no debate about where Cruz was born. He was not born on American land; he was born on Canadian soil. Although not playing a huge part in his run currently, as he pulls ahead in the polls, it is likely to spark a huge debate. What is at the heart of the uncertainty? There will be those who will challenge whether you can be a “natural-born citizen” if you were not born physically on US soil.

Natural citizenship is not a new debate, many have questioned the legality of granting those born outside of the United States, citizenship even if their parents are naturalized citizens of the US. The new sentiment about immigration in Americans may only add fuel to the fire, and have many calling foul to his claim of natural citizenship.

Who is likely to start the firestorm?

After the election of Barrack Obama, Donald Trump, a wealthy businessman with the resources, began a campaign to prove that Obama was not born in the United States. Insisting that Obama has never shown his birth certificate and that there is none on file, Trump alleged that there was a cover-up and that he was in fact born on foreign soil and not eligible to be the President whether elected or not. After months of rhetoric and denial by the administration, Obama finally settled the matter by producing his birth certificate for everyone to view.

Now, Mr. Trump, a contender for the Presidency, is sure to start up the same argument with Cruz. No one has come close to catching Donald in the polls up until recently. There are polls to show that Cruz may be gaining on Trump, which will likely have him searching for ways to take out this young Senator from Texas. Already being asked whether Cruz was legally eligible for the Presidency, Trump replied simply “Maybe not”.

What is Cruz’s reply?

Cruz’s answer to whether he can run is that his mother is a US citizen born in Delaware. Therefore, he is likewise a citizen. True to his style of political maneuvering he isn’t going to be engaged in the debate insisting that the facts are clear, and verification has been supplied. He will not comment on a mute point.

Not being the first person born outside the US to run for President, Mitt Romney’s father who ran in 1968 for the oval office, was also born outside the United States. He was born in Mexico while his parents were on a Mormon mission.

The biggest hurdle for Cruz is going to be that not both of his parents are naturalized citizens. The Constitution is very vague when it comes to definitions. There seems to be some open debate when it comes to the decision of natural citizenship, especially in Cruz’s case.

The rules are very specific about those children born to naturalized citizens outside the United States, but that may be the hangup, “parents” are stated, not “parent”. That could lead to some heavy duty battles waged to define naturalized citizenship in America.

There have been proposed amendments to the natural born citizen requirements to run for President. A Republican from Utah proposed a bill to make it legal for anyone who has been a citizen for over 20 years to run for the highest office in the land. It went nowhere. Many believe that it is not too much to ask that America is run by someone who was born in America.

As Cruz surges in the polls, it may just lead for troubled waters ahead for him. Having been born in Canada, and also having a dual citizenship may just be a sticking point for the 2016 election. Definitions are hard to come by after the fact; it may just be a harder battle than he is expecting.