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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Birthright Citizenship: How Ted Cruz became a dual citizen

by Clifford F. Thies 

The United States and Canada are among the few nations in the world that extend birthright citizenship (meaning, citizen merely by reason of birth on the national soil of the country). Thus, the children of tourists, temporary and permanent residents and even illegal immigrants to these two countries are citizens. Also, both Canada and the U.S. allow dual citizenship. 

Accordingly, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who was born in Canada of one U.S. citizen parent (his mother, who was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of his birth) is a natural born ctizen of both the U.S. and Canada. He remained a dual citizen until he recently renounced his Canadian citizenship so as to remove any concern about a conflict of interest to his service as a U.S. Senator. Even though his father was, at the time of his birth, a citizen of Cuba, Ted Cruz was never a dual citizen of Cuba, since that country does not recognize dual citizenship.


For most countries, the principle of natural born citizenship is "Jus sanguinis," requiring one or both parents to be citizens. In addition, many countries extend citizenship liberally to persons having ethnicity, culture and/or language in common with the dominant group of the country and, in this sense, these countries serve as homelands. For example, in Germany, a person of German origins, who can speak German adequately well (my German is not so good), can become a German citizen. 

Having mentioned the country, I should note that it, along with the United Kingdom, Germany grants citizenship to persons born in the country of non-citizen legal residents who demonstrate adequate knowledge of the national language. 

With the mass migrations of the recent several centuries, and also to deal with the problems of citizenship posed by emancipated slaves, the countries of the Americas, Australia and New Zealand and a few other countries joined "Jus soli" to Jus sanguinis citizenship. Jus soli, or birthright citizenship as it is known in this country, grants citizenship to all persons born on the soil of the country regardless of parentage. Australia and Zealand have in recent years ended birthright citizenship and switched to the German model. 

UPDATE! 

Ted Cruz' birth certificate was released to the Dallas Morning News and to the AP yesterday. Notice that it is from Alberta. Alberta is, like, part of Canada. Or, as the Canucks would say, it's part of Canada, eh. He would be our country's second Canadian-American President, following Chester A. Arthur.

9 comments:

John Morris said...

But the United States along with Eritrea are the only two countries that tax citizens no matter where they live on the earth.

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Eric Dondero said...

And that sucks. Note, the president of the U.S. is currently a DEMOCRAT.

Elect a Republican, so we can repeal that idiotic fuckin' law.

KN@PPSTER said...

The ability of the US to tax citizens abroad was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1924 (Cook vs. Tait), at which time the Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Neither the Republican Congress nor the Republican president acted to change it.

The Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the White House from 1953-55, and did not act to change it.

The Republicans controlled both houses of Congress from 2001-2007 and did not act to change it.

Why the hell would anyone believe that electing a Republican would result in something that it's never resulted in before?

jimmyjones5 said...

Love it when Eric says stupid things. I love every day!

mitsukurina said...

An idiotic law -- but at least one doesn't have to pay tax twice on the same income; ones foreign tax is offset against the (putative) US tax. It is generally a problem for people working in low or no tax countries like Singapore, the Gulf, and Russia.

Eric Dondero said...

So, let's go down the list Tom Knapp.

You hate Republicans.

You have left the Libertarian Party and no longer see them as an alternative.

What's left?

You are a Democrat, like Obama, and want more of what we've got now?

Rational Nation USA said...

And more of what Bush gave us...

KN@PPSTER said...

"So, let's go down the list Tom Knapp."

OK.

"You hate Republicans."

No, I don't. I "hate" almost nobody. I just don't live under the preposterous illusion that the Republican Party is, ever has been, or ever will be, libertarian.

"You have left the Libertarian Party and no longer see them as an alternative."

Correct.

"What's left?"

All kinds of things.

"You are a Democrat, like Obama, and want more of what we've got now?"

No, I'm not a Democrat. And you know that, which makes you, as usual, a lying sack of shit.