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Cruz Speaks On Syria, Immigration, Healthcare Reform
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 10:20 AM CDT
Texas Senator Ted Cruz had to cut short a visit to the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday night to go to Capitol Hill for a classified briefing on Syria.
The freshman senator says he's not really sold on a military strike against Syria. Cruz feels the only justifiable reason to use U.S. military force in Syria is to protect America's national security interests.
Cruz has been touring Texas talking to voters about his efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, and he stopped in the Valley for the first time in his eight months in office. Cruz says he agrees that the United States needs healthcare reform, but he says the new laws only hurt us. The senator says defunding the act, cutting other government spending and passing tax reform will restore economic growth.
The senator also spoke about proposed immigration reform. He says the focus needs to be on securing the border, and improving and streamlining the legal immigration process. But he told residents that he's not for granting legal citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants who would be eligible. Cruz said it's unfair to those who followed the rules.