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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.

Cruz Speaks On Syria, Immigration, Healthcare Reform

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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


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