Sen. Ted Cruz released his birth certificate to the media Sunday, as the 2016 presidential contender faced increasing attention over his birth in Canada.
The Texas Republican shared his birth certificate with The Dallas Morning News. It shows his place of birth as Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother, which gave him American citizenship.
Canadian lawyers told the Morning News that Cruz’s birth in Canada also instantly conferred upon him Canadian citizenship, though a spokeswoman for Cruz said he was not aware of having dual citizenship.
“Sen. Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and he never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen,” Catherine Frazier told the Morning News. “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.”
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