Ted Cruz Sheds His Canadian Citizenship

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has formally renounced his Canadian dual citizenship, documents show. According to his aides, Cruz "is pleased that the process is finalized."

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The senator received the document Tuesday. It showed the renunciation became official on May 14.

Cruz, who was born in Alberta on Dec. 22, 1970, learned about his dual status last year and promised he would give up his Canadian citizenship.

"Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American," Cruz said at the time, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The senator's mother is an American citizen. His father was an immigrant from Cuba at the time of Cruz's birth, but later became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz address delegates at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, June 6, 2014. Cruz has fired up the Texas Republican Convention, promising to lead a conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan. The tea party favorite is a possible 2016 presidential candidate, and seemed like one during his speech Friday before thousands of adoring delegates who gave him numerous standing ovations.Rex C. Curry / AP