Ted Cruz’s immigrant family has also applied for asylum.

Amid the ongoing controversy in which migrants from Colombia and Venezuela were airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard a week ago, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is facing rebuke for speaking out about immigration to America . The Republican has been loudly and proudly anti-immigration over the years, but was recently reminded of his own family history.

After migrants were dumped at Martha’s Vineyard on September 14, Cruz commented directly on the scandal, sharing a family guy even who shed light on the situation. In response, a reviewer pointed out that Cruz and her father were once immigrants.

The Texas politician was born Rafael Edward Cruz in Canada. His father, also named Rafael, was born and raised in Cuba, where he opposed the Batista regime, and left the island in the 1950s to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Upon moving to the United States, Cruz’s father was granted political asylum after his student visa expired.

Dad Cruz left his family in Canada in 1974, marking his return to Texas. That same year, Cruz’s parents reconciled and the family moved to Houston. This is where the Texas senator started calling himself “Ted” instead of Rafael when he was 13. Despite her family history, Cruz has expressed her stance against immigration, especially from Latino countries. In the past, he has opposed citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Although the planes originated in San Antonio, the migrants’ surprise trip north was decided by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The group of migrants, who fled Venezuela to the United States, filed a lawsuit against DeSantis, who has since been called immoral. They were told they would have a job and a place to live after their plane trip, but were “ultimately left to fend for themselves,” says Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

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