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Prostesters Booted From Ted Cruz Meeting With Ministers in Bronx

By  Eddie Small and Ben Fractenberg | April 6, 2016 2:45pm 

SOUNDVIEW — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was met with a mix of cheers and heckles as he entered Bronx restaurant Sabrosura 2 Wednesday afternoon to meet with a group of ministers, including New York State Senator Ruben Diaz

Cruz, fresh off his primary win in Wisconsin Tuesday, entered the eatery on Westchester Avenue, near Beach Avenue, around 1 p.m. surrounded by a scrum of reporters. He met with the clergy for about 40 minutes and discussed issues including abortion and family values, Diaz said. 

"How can you come to the South Bronx with an anti-immigrant stance?" he asked. "You're talking about building a border wall, you're talking about policing Muslim communities, and you're going to come into a Muslim immigrant community. This is The Bronx!"

"When my dad came from Cuba in 1957, he was just 18 years old. He was penniless," he said. "He had $100 in his underwear."

He also had very harsh words for Mayor Bill de Blasio, criticizing him for trying to shut down charter schools and stressing that he was referring to liberal Democratic politicians like him when he made his derisive comment about "New York values" earlier in the campaign.

"The moment when the brave men and women in blue of the NYPD stood up and turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio, I cheered for those New York cops," he said.