Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and
suffered under an oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager, and was
imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free.
Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 on a student visa. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents
an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas while learning English. He later
built a small business in the oil and gas industry.
In early 1980, Rafael Cruz joined the State Board of the Religious Roundtable, a Judeo-Christian
organization that mobilized millions of people of faith during the Presidential Campaign of
Rafael is an ordained minister and the Director of Grace for America, sharing the Word of God
in churches and pastors’ conferences throughout the United States.
His son, Ted Cruz, is a constitutional conservative U.S. Senator from Texas and candidate for
United States President in 2016.
When Ted was a child growing up in Houston, Rafael would tell him, “When we faced
oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”
That’s why Reverend Cruz is passionate about returning America to the biblical and historical
foundations that made this country exceptional.