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Legal expert Donald Trump says Canadian birth may be problem for Ted Cruz

Speaking to reporters in West Des Moines, Iowa, Trump addressed the issue head on, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“He’s going to have to solve that problem. It could end up in litigation. It could take a long period of time.… It’s certainly a stumbling block that he has that other people don’t have,” Trump said, suggesting that Cruz might only be able to put any doubts to rest by going to court.

“Perhaps he’s going to have to go in for declaratory judgments. Perhaps he’s going to get rulings from some group of electioneers. He’s going to have to do something. Because it is a problem that a lot of people have been mentioning,” Trump said. “He’s going to have to get it resolved one way or the other. And I hope he gets it resolved in a positive way because I think he’ll add a lot.”

“Electioneers”? I thought he said “Mouseketeers.” Sorry about that.

Birther litigant David Farrar is all over the comments on this story, as he is pretty much any time the topic appears above a comment box. I left this reply:

Farrar can go all day like a lumberjack, but in the end he lost his case in Georgia, and so has every other person who made a similar argument.

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20 Responses to Legal expert Donald Trump says Canadian birth may be problem for Ted Cruz

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    Keith January 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    I always disliked Bobby, thought Karen was my kinda girl, but me and Annette would go at it like lumberjacks.

    I was nine, maybe? What does a lumberjack do?

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    Dr. Conspiracy January 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Refer to the movie “Hot Shots!” (1991)

    Keith: What does a lumberjack do?

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    Dave B. January 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    That Bobby’s the guy from Lawrence Welk, ain’t he?

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    Rickey January 25, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Dave B.:
    That Bobby’s the guy from Lawrence Welk, ain’t he?

    Right you are. He is Bobby Burgess. He has been dancing all of his adult life and he still owns a dance studio in Studio City.

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    sactosintolerant January 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Haven seen a single birther from Trump to the bottom feeders at GR confirm that Cruz’s birth certificate is legit… or Romney’s… or even ask for Rubio’s.

    It’s almost like this is about something other than natural-born citizenship.

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    Kate January 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Does anyone know if Cruz’s parents filed for a CRBA for him upon his birth? If they didn’t, does that change him from potentially natural born to having to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen? My nephews were born in the U.K. and are considered natural born citizens but I know there was paperwork involved with the U.S. embassy within a few days of their birth. They were issued U.S. passports at the ages of 1 & 4 without any difficulty.

    As far as Cruz’s father goes, he may be a naturalized U.S. citizen but he waited until his son decided to enter politics to do so although I’ve yet to hear any outrage from the birthers about his lack of loyalty to the U.S. for the previous four decades.

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    Dr. Conspiracy January 26, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    I wouldn’t think it makes any difference.

    Kate: Does anyone know if Cruz’s parents filed for a CRBA for him upon his birth? If they didn’t, does that change him from potentially natural born to having to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen?

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    Dave B. January 26, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    A CRBA is just one form of proof of citizenship (or non-citizen nationality) document. A CRBA can be obtained at any time up to age 18 upon presentation of adequate proof that the applicable statute’s requirements have been satisfied. Issuance of a CRBA isn’t a naturalization process; the State Department has no authority to naturalize aliens and can only issue proof of citizenship in the form of a CRBA or US passport.
    Failure to obtain a CRBA doesn’t mean someone isn’t a US citizen or must undergo any statutory naturalization process; an eligible person for whom no CRBA was issued can obtain a US passport instead, at any age– the advantage of a CRBA as a proof of citizenship document is that it doesn’t expire like a passport; on the other hand, a CRBA isn’t a valid travel and entry document. An eligible person born abroad can also obtain a Certificate of Citizenship from the USCIS as a permanent (non-expiring) proof of citizenship document. Applying for and being issued a Certificate of Citizenship is not a naturalization process.
    Having said all that, it is by far the best course to obtain a CRBA as soon as possible for a child who acquires US citizenship at birth abroad to a US citizen parent.
    Birther litigant and general wack-job Steve Craig, who was born in Oklahoma, tried to get the USCIS to issue him a Certificate of Citizenship; the USCIS basically told him that his state-issued birth certificate was all he needed and he could go pound sand.

    Kate:
    Does anyone know if Cruz’s parents filed for a CRBA for him upon his birth?If they didn’t, does that change him from potentially natural born to having to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen?My nephews were born in the U.K. and are considered natural born citizens but I know there was paperwork involved with the U.S. embassy within a few days of their birth. They were issued U.S. passports at the ages of 1 & 4 without any difficulty.

    As far as Cruz’s father goes, he may be a naturalized U.S. citizen but he waited until his son decided to enter politics to do so although I’ve yet to hear any outrage from the birthers about his lack of loyalty to the U.S. for the previous four decades.

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    Lupin January 26, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    For all intents and purposes, Trump has now widely become an object of ridicule and a parody of whatever he once incarnated. That anyone (outside Gerbil Report) would pay serious attention to him is baffling.

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    Sef January 26, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Lupin: “For all intents and purposes”

    Leave it to a non-native speaker of English to actually get this phrase right.

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    gorefan January 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Senator Lowell Weicker (R, Conn) was born in Paris. During the Watergate hearings some accused him of using the hearings to further his ambition to be President. His response:

    “Weicker vehemently denies this, claiming he was born in Paris and is thus ineligible to become President.”

    http://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bin/stanford?a=d&d=stanford19730724-01.2.6#

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    Kate January 26, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Dave B.:
    A CRBA is just one form of proof of citizenship (or non-citizen nationality) document.A CRBA can be obtained at any time up to age 18 upon presentation of adequate proof that the applicable statute’s requirements have been satisfied.Issuance of a CRBA isn’t a naturalization process; the State Department has no authority to naturalize aliens and can only issue proof of citizenship in the form of a CRBA or US passport.

    Thanks for the info, Dave.

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    justlw January 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    Lupin: For all intents and purposes, Trump has now widely become an object of ridicule and a parody of whatever he once incarnated. That anyone (outside Gerbil Report) would pay serious attention to him is baffling.

    @ChuckGrassley tweet from Saturday:

    While I was in desMoines I had opportunity to have long discussion w one of our outstanding entrepreneurs Donald Trump Thank u Donald

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    Nancy R Owens January 27, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    Hardly.

    Lupin:
    For all intents and purposes, Trump has now widely become an object of ridicule and a parody of whatever he once incarnated. That anyone (outside Gerbil Report) would pay serious attention to him is baffling.

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    Lupin January 27, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    justlw: While I was in desMoines I had opportunity to have long discussion w one of our outstanding entrepreneurs Donald Trump Thank u Donald

    Oy! 🙁

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    Lupin January 27, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Sef: Leave it to a non-native speaker of English to actually get this phrase right.

    Thank you!

  17. avatar
    Arthur January 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Sef: Leave it to a non-native speaker of English to actually get this phrase right.

    And here I thought it was “intense and porpoises”!

  18. avatar
    aarrgghh January 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    i always thought it was “incense and peppermints”

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    Keith January 28, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Refer to the movie “Hot Shots!” (1991)

    Oh, I know all that NOW. But as a nine year old? What the heck was I gonna do with 18 year old Annette?

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    Keith January 28, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    Arthur: And here I thought it was “intense and porpoises”!

    aarrgghh:
    i always thought it was “incense and peppermints”

    Where were youse guize when the Mondregreen post was going begging for entries?