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Ted Cruz on the move to drop his Canadian citizenship

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a rising star as a potential presidential candidate in the 2016 race, has confirmed that his legal team is working to officially renounce his Canadian citizenship.

In a Saturday interview with the Dallas Morning News, Cruz said he expects to finalize the legal procedure next year. “I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship," he informed.

Cruz, who was elected to the Senate for his first term last fall, has fueled rumors that he will run for president in 2016 by making appearances in early primary states and by courting major GOP donors.

His impressive resume and skill set make him a high profile potential candidate, on whom many Hispanic politicians have hopes to gain more space in the decision-making atmosphere of Washington. The freshman senator obtained degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law; is the first Hispanic solicitor general of Texas -youngest solicitor general in the history of the United States – and is a former national debate champion.

However, not everybody within the Hipsanic community, see Cruz as an ally. Specially those advocating for an immigration overhaul. The young Texan has been a very vocal opponent of the immigration reform bill passed in the Senate, and in a recent interview with Houston-based radio host Michael Berry, admitted that blocking immigration reform in 2014 is all about helping his party.

In the interview, Cruz said he does not want to see Republicans take up immigration reform in the House next year, because in doing so, they would lose the "incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014."

As a good politician, in the Morning News interview, Cruz emphasized that his decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has nothing to do with his political future.

"My political perspective is focused on representing the state of Texas," he added.



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