'Birther' Orly Taitz: Ted Cruz Has 'Basically the Same Issue as Obama'

'Clearly there is an issue of eligibility,' anti-Obama activist says.

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Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about immigration during the D.C. March for Jobs near Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about immigration during the D.C. March for Jobs near Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a likely candidate for president in 2016, released his Canadian birth certificate over the weekend, but that's unlikely to end discussion about whether he meets the Constitution's ill-defined standard of natural-born citizenship.

"Clearly there is an issue of eligibility," crusading skeptic of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Orly Taitz told U.S. News. "It's basically the same issue as Obama has."

Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, in 1970, according to the document. He automatically acquired U.S. citizenship through his American mother, but he also likely gained automatic Canadian citizenship.

"He's a Canadian" too, Stephen Green, a past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association's Citizenship and Immigration Section, told the Dallas Morning News.

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Obama's birthplace was the subject of popular conspiracy theories during his first term. He released his Hawaii birth certificate in April 2011. A poll conducted by Gallup days before the release found just 38 percent of Americans believed Obama was definitely born in the U.S.

Cruz, however, showed an interest in not allowing the issue to fester. He did the same thing during his 2012 Senate campaign by openly admitting that his father, Rafael Cruz, fought alongside Communist leader Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution. His father fled the island in 1957, before Castro came to power, and reportedly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005.

'Birther' jokes begin on Twitter:

I've been looking at this "Ted" Cruz birth certificate & I think he's trying pull a fast one pic.twitter.com/2dfGCugPR6

— Buh Bye GOP (@BuhByeGOP) August 19, 2013

"I think that Ted Cruz is correct in addressing this issue early on and I commend it," Taitz said. She added: "not only does he need to release his birth certificate, but he needs to go to court and have a high-ranking judge ... make a determination on this issue."

Taitz, a Russian-born dentist, recommends that Cruz seek declaratory relief from a judge to determine if he qualifies as a natural-born citizen.

"If until the 2016 election we don't find one honest judge [to declare Obama ineligible for the presidency]," Taitz said, she will encourage people to vote for Cruz "if they feel he is the best candidate to turn the country around ... because we won't have any rule of law."

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In addition to being, in her opinion, ineligible for the presidency, Taitz also believes Obama forged his birth certificate and stole a dead man's Social Security number.

After inspecting Cruz's birth certificate, she said, "I did not see any evidence of fraud."

It's unclear what Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio thinks about Cruz's eligibility. The sheriff convened a "cold case posse" in 2012 to evaluate Obama's birth certificate and at a stunning press conference declared it a "computer-generated forgery."

A spokesman for Arpaio did not immediately respond to a U.S. News request for comment.

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, who hassled Obama over his birthplace repeatedly ahead of the 2012 election, however, may join Taitz in being a consistent eligibility stickler. Earlier this month Trump told ABC News that Cruz is "perhaps not" eligible for the presidency.

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