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    Cruz was born Rafael Cruz in Canada, where his Cuban father and Irish-American mother had moved for the 1960s oil boom. They had met at an oil exploration business in Texas.
    As a teenager, his father fought for Fidel Castro against Fulgencio Batista. “They didn’t know Castro was a Communist, what they knew was that Batista was a cruel and oppressive dictator,” Cruz said earlier this year.
    After being imprisoned and tortured by the Batista regime, the elder Rafael Cruz came to America on a student visa with nothing but $100 sewn into his underwear. He made his way through the University of Texas by washing dishes.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31:06 AM PST

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      I had looked around a little and not discovered this info.

      Ted Cruz probably doesn't really think that amending the law is the same as violating the rule of law. But he talks about this issue as if that's what you're doing if you adopt rules that are more favorable to someone than the old rules were.

      Yet, if we look at the history of the entry into the U.S. of Cubans, we can see that law and policy has changed over the years. Along the way, Cubans became the only people who snagged permanent residence if they could reach the United States, just on the strength of being Cuban citizens. "Undocumented" doesn't apply if the federal government documents you on arrival, no questions asked.

      I haven't heard him denouncing that change, but that could just be my ignorance of what he's said.

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