Canadian born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has yet to renounce his birth country's citizenship as promised — but a spokeswoman said Saturday the conservative tea party favourite plans to finish the process soon.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the junior senator from Texas, said lawyers are preparing the necessary paperwork.
The 43-year-old Cruz "has been fully focused on fighting for Texans' values and interests in the Senate for the last year," Frazier said via email. "He looks forward to the process being completed soon."
Frazier's response comes after Canadian immigration attorney Richard Kurland suggested Friday that the process was relatively simple and quick. Kurland wondered what was taking Cruz so long.
Amid questions this summer about his eligibility for the White House, Cruz released his birth certificate in August to the Dallas Morning News and pledged to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Cruz said then that his mother had been told he would have to take affirmative action to claim Canadian citizenship — and the fact he automatically received it at birth was news to him.
"If he's attempting to bring our system into disrepute by suggesting it's lengthy and complex, it's just not true," said Kurland, who's based in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Revocation is one of the fastest processes in our system."
The citizenship issue is a thorny one for Cruz, since some conservatives accused President Barack Obama of being born in Kenya rather than Hawaii and thus not eligible to be U.S. president. Obama is an American citizen; his father was Kenyan, his mother American, and he has released his Hawaiian birth certificate.