I find recent commentary, sparked by Trump but kept alive by CNN and others, on Cruz's citizenship kind of amusing and even bizarre. I have dealt with the Cruz "natural born issue" on two occasions some time back (here and here.) In fact, the first one of those pieces was written over three years ago when I spotted the coming liberal campaign to discredit Cruz. Trump, unfortunately, has picked up on it, and the progressive media has been playing games with it. Even dopey White House spokesman Earnest got into the act saying,
Mr. Cruz was “somebody who actually wasn’t born in the United States and only 18 months ago renounced his Canadian citizenship.”This is all nonsense often by people who don't want any checks on whom votes in US elections. I have discussed the "natural born issue" before and I am not going to repeat it. Let me just say this: on the issue of US citizenship what matters is US law, not foreign law. It does not matter if Canadian law says Cruz has a claim to Canadian citizenship (not a bad thing to have, I might add), per US law Cruz is a US citizen. Cruz did not give up his Canadian citizenship, he gave up his claim to it.
Please note, Mr. Earnest, that per the Kenyan Constitution, Obama, even if born in Hawaii, has a claim to Kenyan citizenship. Has he given up that claim? Please also remember that it was the Hillary Clinton 2008 campaign which brought up the issue of Obama's citizenship and place of birth.
There are literally tens-of-millions of American citizens who have claims to foreign citizenship. If you don't believe me, check, for example, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Israeli, Spanish, and variety of other African and Central and South American nationality laws on that. I, myself, have a "claim" to Spanish, Moroccan, and Israeli citizenship. Are we going to insist that anybody in the US who potentially has a claim on a foreign citizenship must actively renounce that claim? Should millions of persons line up at the Irish Embassy, for example, and renounce their claim to Irish citizenship? What would that do to Boston's political class?
Let's discuss more serious stuff.
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