Yes Ted Cruz Is Eligible To Be President
Contra Ace and Ann Coulter, it’s actually not that complicated.
Yes, Cruz’s story is a little unique but it’s not even remotely complex.
Let’s go to the actual law according to the Customs and Immigration Service
|One parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of birth and the birthdate is before November 14, 1986 but after October 10, 1952||The parents are married at the time of birth and the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the U.S. or its territories for a period of at least ten years at some time in his or her life prior to the birth, at least five of which were after his or her 14thbirthday.If the U.S. citizen parent spent time abroad in any of the following three capacities, this can also be counted towards the physical presence requirement:
Additionally, time spent abroad by the U.S. citizen parent while the U.S. citizen parent was the unmarried son or daughter and a member of the household of a person who meets any of the three conditions listed above can also be counted.
If the child was born out of wedlock, see N-600: FAQ.
(Note 1/8/16: Since I published this in 2013 the USCIS changed the content on the page I screen capped and linked. I’ve changed the link to the relevant law (see Section G) while leaving the screen cap which is just a summary.)
Cruz was born on December 22, 1970 so that’s the part of the law that applies to his case.
Cruz’s mother was born in Delaware and grew up in the US. That covers the 10 years. She graduated from Rice University in Texas, so that would cover the 5 years after age 14 requirement. She didn’t move to Canada until the 60s so she spent more time than that in the US.
Cruz acquired his citizenship, at birth, through his mother. He is a natural born US citizen and eligible to be President of the United States.
Let us never have to speak of this again.