Fathers from Another Nation: It is well known that Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a native of Kenya and not a United States citizen. Like Obama, Ted Cruz’s father was not a citizen of the United States. Rafael Cruz was born in Cuba and claimed political asylum in the United States. However, Rafael Cruz’s student visa expired so he headed to Canada to obtain citizenship. Unlike Obama, Ted Cruz was not born in the United States. The Texas senator was born in Calgary, Canada. His father did not become a United States citizen until 2005. Obama’s father never became a citizen and died in 1982.