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Ted Cruz releases mother's birth certificate amid citizenship debate

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

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Ted Cruz is hoping to allay -- once and for all -- any fears that he is qualified to run for the White House.

In the midst of a mounting debate over whether the Texas senator is a "natural-born citizen" of the United States and therefore eligible for the presidency, Cruz's campaign has made public his mother's birth certificate.

Cruz released the certificate to conservative media outlet Breitbart News on Friday, the campaign confirmed to CBS News.

The document shows that Eleanor Darragh, Cruz's mother, was born in the state of Delaware on Nov. 23, 1934, establishing that she was a U.S. citizen from birth.

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The birth certificate of Eleanor Darragh, mother of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Ted Cruz campaign via Breitbart News

Cruz's father was Cuban. Cruz himself was born in Calgary, Canada, but renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014.

The Texas Republican also released his own birth certificate in 2013, which he had said proves his U.S. citizenship from the time he was born.

But despite the document's publication, the debate may still continue to haunt the Republican presidential contender.

On Saturday morning, GOP front-runner Donald Trump -- Cruz's most outspoken critic on his eligibility -- continued to slam his rival, tweeting that the matter is hardly "settled":

CBS News' Alan He contributed to this report.