Sunday, March 27, 2016

Is Ted A Cuban Citizen?

Of course I love my philandering husband, all the way to the White House.  

Excited as we were to read all the lucid details of Cruz's extramarital dalliances with women of questionable character [yawn], we became privy to family details of which were previously unaware.

Specifically, we were drawn back to that tired old issue of Ted's citizenship.

The scandal mongering stories led to other stories which revealed that Ted's dad, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, was one of Fidel Castro's lieutenants in the "revolution" against Batista -- but, he advises he "escaped" Cuba in 1957 [and not 1960] and didn't know Castro was a Communist.

Rafael B Cruz - Dad
Apparently though, those who knew him well challenge the timing of his departure, and his ignorance of Castro's Communist affiliation and Soviet Union support. Entertaining as that tale was, we rethought the awkward issue of Ted's citizenship.

The common defensive argument on Cruz's citizenship has been that Ted was born to American parents in Canada; therefore, he can claim US citizenship.

 We have some expert knowledge in this type of issue, since my son, who was born in Asia, claims US citizenship; however, that citizenship status required my appearing at the Consulate and signing an official declaration; I also had to show the birth certificates and marriage certificate of my wife and me, plus our US passports.

However, it appears that was not the process which Ted's dad - or mom followed, even though Ted and my son were born in the same year -- thus the diplomatic affirmation process would have been precisely the same.

 Was Ted's dad a US Citizen?  Well, not really.  Although Ted's dad was granted US political asylum in 1961, there is no documentation that he ever became a US citizen prior to 2005 [somewhat after Ted's birth].


It seems Daddy, a Cuban, emigrated to the US somewhere between 1957 and 1961, worked in the Austin, worked his way through college,  married and divorced a woman [Julia Ann Garza], moved to Calgary after 1969 and became a Canadian citizen; he and his wife [Eleanor E.D. Wilson], an oil company computer programmer who then produced little Ted in December 1970; they divorced in 1997, and it is unclear when he returned to the US -- or when he received his epiphany to become a Born Again Christian and an Evangelical Minister.

Interestingly, throughout this religious transformation, Daddy Cruz waited until 2005 to renounce his Canadian citizenship and apply for status as a "naturalized citizen" -- which was then granted.

Now, if Ted were born in Canada of an American mom, and a Cuban dad with Canadian citizenship, that does call into question his claim to US citizenship, much the same as critics have constantly questioned Obama's citizenship.

For Ted to have US citizenship, it can be argued that him mom's US citizenship would have been passed to her son; but, that would have required her to have appeared at the US Embassy or Consulate to declare her son as a US citizen; but, that would have required dad's birth certificate, and their marriage certificate, and US passports.

At best, Daddy Cruz would have had only a US Green Card, but no US passport, and the Consular official would likely have not accepted Ted as a US citizen, nor would he have created such a birthright document.

But, that issue could be cleared up instantly, should anyone actually ask, through the US State Department records which record and store all documentation of US citizens born abroad.

Now, when Obama was asked by a reporter how he could run for Senator and not be a US citizen, Obama replied "I don't have to be a US citizen", after which, all those who questioned Obama's citizenship were labeled Birthers and condemned as racists --
and investigations into his birthplace were ended.

But, now we have another Birther issue.

Candidate Cruz in Havana?
It would appear that, based on Ted's father's citizenship issues, Ted would be a Cuban citizen, or a Canadian citizen.

Claiming mom's US citizenship, without the documentation from the US Embassy in Canada pretty much leaves him a Canadian citizen by birth, or a Cuban citizen by heritage.

But, very likely, not a US Citizen.

We'll need clarification from the State Department.