There are many questions regarding Texas U-S Senator Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president because he was born in Canada. Omaha attorney Bill Gallup was in a similar situation. Gallup says his mother was a U-S citizen when he was born in Alberta, Canada. Gallup says when they moved to Omaha his father became naturalized and was told by immigration that would include all his minor children.
Gallup says he always thought he was an American. He graduated from high school in Omaha and was even drafted and served in the U-S military. However, when Gallup later applied for a teaching certificate it was denied because he was told he was Canadian.
Gallup says, “I had to go down and get naturalized before I could get my teaching certificate. If you are born in Canada, you are a Canadian. I looked up the Supreme Court on this matter and the Supreme Court says there are two paths to citizenship. One, you have to be born in the United States or a territory under United States jurisdiction or be naturalized. Cruz has never produced a naturalization certificate to my knowledge and that means as far as I can see he is not an American citizen.”
Gallup says there are exceptions to the natural born rule. He says children born of U-S diplomats on foreign soil are considered natural born citizens. Military parents of children born abroad must file the appropriate paperwork to assure their children are documented as citizens of the U-S.