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Ted Cruz: Still Canadian as immigration lawyers express confusion

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Dec. 17, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, J. Scott Applewhite
January 03, 2014 - 10:51 AM

OTTAWA - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013.

It's now 2014, and the Calgary-born Republican lawmaker is still a dual citizen.

The 43-year-old Cruz said in a recent interview that he has hired lawyers who are preparing the paperwork to renounce citizenship, just as he said in August.

Canadian immigration lawyers wonder what's taking so long.

Renouncing Canadian citizenship, they say, is simple and quick — there's even an online, four-page form on the Government of Canada website to get the ball rolling without the help of lawyers.

The thorny issue of Cruz's birthplace has been a political headache for the senator, whose parents worked in the oil industry in Alberta.

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