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5 Things Ted Cruz Has In Common With DREAMers

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Since hitting the campaign trail in Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has opposed the agenda of the DREAMers. He rejects a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. He called President Barack Obama’s decision to defer deportation for most immigrants brought here illegally as children “illegal.” He wants to build a massive border wall.

But it looks like Ted Cruz might have more in common with the DREAMers than once imagined. The Texas conservative released his birth certificate to the Dallas Morning News, ostensibly to quiet concerns from birther theorists that his Canadian birth might disqualify him from holding the office of U.S. president if the amibitious politician decided to run in 2016.

The newspaper pointed out in a piece published over the weekend that the birth certificate confirms that Cruz holds Canadian citizenship -- a fact that Cruz says he was unaware of. Monday night he said he’d renounce his Canadian citizenship so that he can be “only an American.”

Despite the fact that Cruz says he’ll soon fill out this form to renounce his Canadian citizenship, the revelation that he unwittingly holds dual citizenship highlights how his personal experience resembles that of the DREAMers.

  1. He was born in a foreign country.
  2. Not unlike Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, Cruz was surprised to find he holds foreign citizenship.
  3. He was taken from the country of his birth to the United States by his parents when he was only a child.
  4. He feels American because this is the only country he really knows.
  5. Like some 81 percent of undocumented immigrants, Cruz is Latino.

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