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Sen. Ted Cruz visits Miami as long-lost son
Miami Herald ^ | Friday, 06.20.14 | Marc Caputo

Posted on 06/21/2014 3:22:28 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, drew much applause during his speech at the Miami-Dade Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner.

Ted Cruz had a Miami homecoming Friday, even though the firebrand U.S. senator is from Texas.

The son of a Cuban exile, Cruz was welcomed as a long-lost son by the Miami-Dade Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner, an annual fundraiser he helped sell out and amp up by criticizing President Barack Obama for everything from domestic spying to his “feckless and naïve foreign policy.”

But it was Cruz’s Cuban roots that made him a Miami son.

“Like many people in this room, my dad was born in Cuba, in Matanzas,” Cruz said as he opened up, drawing applause from the 500 or so attendees.

“And like many people in this room, he experienced oppression in Cuba. He was thrown in prison in tortured by Batista. And his sister was thrown in prison and tortured by Castro,” Cruz said.

When Cruz asked “everyone in this room who is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, please stand up,” nearly everyone did. Miami-Dade is the only major urban county in the country where a majority of the GOP, 72 percent, is Hispanic, nearly all Cuban.

One of the few signs Cruz isn’t from Miami or Florida: He came onstage to The Yellow Rose of Texas. He also boasted about the San Antonio spurs NBA win over the Miami Heat, earning a few good-natured boos.

A major difference between Cruz and the crowd: his Texas-conservative positions on immigration reform are a little tougher than those of many Miami-Dade Republicans, including his fellow U.S. senator, Marco Rubio.

Rubio was a sponsor of the so-called “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration reform bill, which Cruz called “amnesty” because it seeks to provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

“Amnesty — No. 1 — is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants to the millions of men and women and children who waited in line years, sometimes decades,” Cruz said. “But No. 2: Amnesty inevitably encourages more illegal immigration.”

Rubio, who was out of town, , has said that the “system we have now is de facto amnesty.”

Cruz didn’t directly criticize Rubio and gave him a shout-out during his speech.

Earlier, in brief remarks to reporters, Cruz laid blame for the failure of comprehensive immigration reform at the feet of Democrats, whom he accused of having an all-or-nothing approach to the issue because they insist on a path to citizenship.

That stance conflicts sharply with what immigration reform supporters, such as Miami’s Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, contend — that a version of the Senate bill would pass the House today if House Speaker John Boenher allowed an up-or-down vote.

Another Miami congressman intimately involved in immigration policy, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, is still holding out hope that Boehner will schedule a vote.

But the speaker won’t yet, indicating that he wants a majority of the Republican caucus to say it’s okay. Time is running out, however, in this Congress.

A common tie among all the lawmakers: They’re Cuban-Americans. Along with Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey, all the Senate’s Hispanic members are Cuban-Americans.

“It’s a point of pride,” said Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Added Nelson Diaz, the county’s GOP chair: “Cubans occupy three percent of the United States Senate — it’s extraordinary,” “Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are sons of this community.”

The Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, described the two men as too far right, saying in a written statement that Rubio gladly joined Ted Cruz in shutting down our government, hurting thousands of Florida workers, children, seniors, and veterans.”

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz
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1 posted on 06/21/2014 3:22:28 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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2 posted on 06/21/2014 3:23:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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Rubio wept.

3 posted on 06/21/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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A major difference between Cruz and the crowd: his Texas-conservative positions on immigration reform are a little tougher than those of many Miami-Dade Republicans,....

is this true?

4 posted on 06/21/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT by uncitizen
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