Senator Cruz addresses his constituents at Independence Day Para

Senator Cruz addresses his constituents at Independence Day Parade

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Independence Day Parade in McAllen featured El Paso Democratic Rep Beto O'Rourke's opponent for a Senate seat.

Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz faced protesters during the parade. Some upset over his work on the Senate's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Others confronted him over his support of the president's immigration policies, including the border wall.

Cruz said those freedoms are protected and that's what makes the United States unique.

"It's the freedom that's protected in the constitution, protected in the bill of rights, the freedom that every American, every Texan has, and today we celebrate those freedoms," Cruz said. "We also celebrate the men and women who have risked everything and, in some circumstances, have given everything to defend those freedoms. I'm grateful to be down here celebrating America's birthday."

Cruz originally offered to meet with some McAllen democratic groups to address some of their concerns, but "La Union Del Pueblo Entero" ultimately declined to visit with him. Instead, they pushing for Senator Cruz to hold a town hall.

McAllen rep Vicente Gonzalez also pushed for Senator Cruz to urge President Trump to bring back some American veterans who had been deported.

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