While reporting on Sen. Ted Cruz’s views on immigration, National Public Radio interviewed Cruz’s father Rafael Bienvenido Cruz – a Cuban immigrant to the United States.

“I came to this country legally,” the elder Cruz explains. “I came here with a legal visa, and I – every step of the way, I have been here legally.”

The timeline of Cruz’s path to citizenship was lengthy. According to the NPR report, he got out of Cuba with a student visa, attending the University of Texas. Once his student visa ran out, he moved to Canada and eventually got a green card and married Ted Cruz’s American mother.

Cruz’s father worked in Canada for eight years and even earned Canadian citizenship before moving back to America. He finally became an American citizen in 2005.