Ted Cruz's Ineligibility for Presidency

Ted Cruz's Ineligibility

Republican candidate Ted Cruz has been questioned in the media since he first came out as a nominee for President of the United States. Why exactly? Although Cruz grew up in Houston, Texas and his mother was a resident of the United States, Cruz was actually born in Canada. His family lived there for four years while his father worked in the oil industry. So is Cruz actually even eligible to become President of a country he was not born in? Many people don't believe he should be eligible to run, and some are even going as far as filing lawsuits over his eligibility.

Presidential eligibility

According to the founding fathers, the President of the United States must be at least 35 years of age, a resident of the United States for at least 14 years, and be a natural born citizen. Many people take natural born citizen to mean that the person was born within the United States, and did not have to go through any processes to become a U.S. citizen. Because Cruz's mother was an American citizen, that extends to Cruz, and he can in fact be considered a natural born citizen. Some history experts explain that if we are going based off of the fact that Cruz was born in Canada and not the United States as a reason for not allowing him to run, then we have to look to our history books. Eight of the first nine presidents of the U.S.A, including first president George Washington, were all born in the British colonies. This would make them ineligible. Seeing as though these are the men that created the laws about presidential eligibility, Cruz would be considered able to run for office.

Lawsuit over eligibility

Yes there are enough people that are outraged by the decision for Cruz to even be a candidate. In the most recent lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City, Utah, Walter L. Wagner is challenging Cruz's eligibility. He wants the U.S. District Court of Utah to issue a declaratory judgment stating the Senator is not an eligible candidate. Wagner, who was once a trained lawyer, was also behind a 2008 federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy and European Center for Nuclear Energy Research. In this lawsuit, Wagner made claims that these government agencies were part of a cover up involving a Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator that had the ability to create a black hole, which might consume the Earth. In his most current lawsuit regarding Cruz, Wagner made note of the resolution regarding Senator John McCain, who was a Republican nominee for President. McCain's eligibility was looked at, as he was born in Panama. McCain however, was born to two American parents and the Panama Canal zone was considered U.S. soil at the time of McCain's birth, therefore he was eligible to run.

So, is Cruz eligible?

It is really hard to say and many people are on the fence about it. We will have to wait and see how Wagner's lawsuit plays out. For now, Cruz is still working hard on his campaign and is considered a Republican candidate, looking to beat out Donald Trump