Twitter reminds Ted Cruz of his immigrant family after Martha’s Vineyard

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

Following migrants being dropped in Martha’s Vineyard on September 14, Cruz commented on the scandal directly, sharing a Family Guy meme that made light of the situation. In response, one critic pointed out that Cruz and his father were immigrants once upon a time.

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 ‘50s to attend the University of Texas at Austin. In his move to the U.S., Cruz’s father received political asylum after his student visa expired.

The Cruz papa left his family in Canada in 1974, marking his return to Texas. That same year, Cruz’s parents made up and the family relocated to Houston. It was there that the Texas senator began going by “Ted” instead of Rafael when he was 13 years old. Despite his family’s history, Cruz has been vocal about his stance against immigration, particularly from Latino countries. In the past, he’s opposed citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Though the airplanes originated in San Antonio, the migrants’ surprise voyage up north was the decision of Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis. The group of migrants, who fled to the U.S. from Venezuela, have filed a lawsuit against DeSantis, who has since been called immoral. They were reportedly told that they’d have jobs and housing after their plane ride, but were “ultimately left to fend for themselves,” says Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

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