Illinois Court to Take Up Case Concerning Cruz’s Birthplace

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in Easley, S.C. (Lucian Perkins/For The Washington Post)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in Easley, S.C. (Lucian Perkins/For The Washington Post)

Not along ago, Illinois pharmacist and attorney Lawrence Joyce began to realize his country and his political party were facing what he considered to be a nightmare. Concerns about the eligibility for the presidency of Republican candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), who was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother, were raised by rival Donald Trump; though they may at first have seemed laughable, the legal case against Cruz was one Joyce, a Ben Carson supporter, thought he understood.

The Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born” citizen of the United States, and as far as Joyce is concerned, Cruz isn’t one.

And Cruz, who won the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, appeared to be rising in the polls. What would happen if Cruz won the Republican nomination, then was somehow disqualified from the general election?

So Joyce took action, filing a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections to get Cruz’s name off the primary ballot in that state. The board dismissed the claim after a hearing officer found, as Cruz argues, that the “Candidate is a ‘natural born citizen’ by virtue of having been born in Canada to a United States citizen, thereby not causing the Candidate to have to take any steps or undergo a naturalization process to become a United States citizen.”

Joyce, not satisfied, filed an appeal in Cook County Circuit Court. And now,Joyce’s concerns about Cruz’s eligibility will be heard by a judge in Illinois Friday.

“Senator Cruz has been whistling past the graveyard all along,” Joyce wrote in a statement posted to 888 Web Today, a conservative, Christian site to which he contributes columns. “That he should happen to do so within the thoughts of his own mind would be one thing, but that he should now drag the entire Republican Party through a potential nightmare simply because of his negligence, his own private, wishful thinking, and his lack of due diligence is inexcusable, and such conduct hardly signifies the type of person whom the American people need in a President of the United States, and whom members of the conservative movement need in order to prevent the Establishment Wing of the Republican Party from depriving us of one of our own candidates.”

It is this “establishment wing” that Joyce appears to fear the most. Should party bosses select a candidate in lieu of Cruz, that candidate would likely not appeal to its base.

“The party elders would decide who the new nominee would be,” Joyce said in an interview with a Christian media outlet earlier this month. “Karl Rove and company would pick perhaps Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney or Chris Christie.” He added: “I am quite frankly terrified of such a scenario taking place.”

“Ted Cruz was born in Canada,” he said. “His mother was a U.S. citizen at the time. Under statute, Ted Cruz became a citizen at birth … but citizenship by statute is not natural-born citizenship.”

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SOURCE: Justin Wm. Moyer 
The Washington Post