The Parker County Republican Party welcomes Rafael Cruz to the June meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Strain Community Room at Weatherford College.Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz “embodies the American Dream.” Born in Cuba, Rafael suffered under the oppression of dictator Fulgencio Batista. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured – beaten nearly to death – simply to be free.Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 with nothing but the clothes on his back and $100 sewn into his underwear.He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas while learning English.Rafael then built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.He became active in conservative politics during the 1980 Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan. He also joined the State Board of The Religious Roundtable, a grassroots Judeo-Christian organization that had an important impact on the future of political dialogue.He is the Director of Purifying Fire Ministries, ministering in the U.S., Mexico and Central America. He is also a professor of Bible and Theology, and the president of Kingdom Translation Services.His son, Ted, is the newly elected U.S. Senator from Texas.When Ted was a child growing up in Houston, his father would ask, “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 he ran for the Senate– to defend our freedom,” a press release from the PCRP stated. “And conservatives across Texas- and nationally - united behind his campaign to elect a proven constitutional conservative to the U.S. Senate who won’t abandon our principles.”All Republicans are invited to attend, and no reservations are necessary. For additional information, please contact Republican County Chair Zan Prince at 817-594-5029 or email@example.com.