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Cruz’s father says he ‘basically bribed’ Cuban official to immigrate to U.S.

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The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said in an interview airing Thursday that he had to grease some palms -- in Cuba, at least -- to get to the United States.

"A friend of the family -- a lawyer friend of my father -- basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit," 74-year-old Rafael Bienvenido Cruz told NPR.