Sen. Ted Cruz wants Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to round up America’s 12 million illegal immigrants and deport them.
Monday on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Cruz said, “Of course” he would send government agents looking for the all the illegal immigrants in America because “that’s what ICE exists for.”
Host Bill O’Reilly began by insisting, “Here is a policy question I need to you define for me tonight. Twelve million illegal aliens here in America. Mr. Trump says he would deport them forcefully. The federal authorities would round them up and send them back home– costs a lot of money but he says it’s all worth it because we just can’t allow the law to be broken this way. Would you round up 12 million illegal aliens here and if so is how?”
“Listen, we should enforce the law,” Cruz said. “How do we enforce the law? Yes, we should deport them, we should build a wall, we should triple the border patrol, and federal law requires that anyone here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported.”
O’Reilly responded, “Would you go look for them though? Because Mr. Trump would look for them to get them out. Would you do that if you everywhere president?”
“Bill, of course you would,” Cruz argued. “That’s what ICE exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them, and deports them.”
O’Reilly then suggested, “So Tommy O’Malley from County Cork in Ireland is over here and he overstays his visa and he’s got a couple kids and he’s settled into Long Island. And you, President Cruz are going to sends the Feds to his house, take him out and put him on a plane back to Ireland?”
“You better believe it,” Cruz said. “Now right now we actually can’t too that because we don’t have a biometric exit/entry system.”
Cutting Cruz off, O’Reilly interjected, “But the court would probably block you. Look I’m sorry to cut you of but I want it get to the meat of this. The courts, federal courts would probably block you from doing that, taking Mr. O’Malley and putting him on a plane.”
Cruz shot in, “Why would they do that?
O’Reilly answered “because due process.”
Cruz responded, “No, no. Listen, I have spent my entire life as a constitutional lawyer. So federal law right now requires a biometric exit/entry system on visas. The Obama administration refuses to enforce federal law. As president, I will put that in place so we will know the day someone overstays their visa and be able to send law enforcement to apprehend them and send them home.”
“And the biggest difference Bill, between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio and myself is that both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio would allow those 12 million people to become U.S. citizens. Donald said once he deports them he would let them back in as citizens. I will not,” Cruz claimed.“And for anyone who is concerned about jobs doesn’t want to see wages driven down… under existing law, they are not eligible to come back in legally if they have been deported for breaking the law and I think Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are wrong to drive down wages and take away American’s jobs by giving 12 million people here illegally U.S. citizenship,” Cruz said. “That’s not consistent with rule of law.”
However, on January 10, 2016 during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Cruz said, “No, I don’t intend to send jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America. That’s not how we enforce the law for any crime.”
At the time, the Texas senator said, “We don’t have any system that knocks on the doors of every person in America. We also don’t have people going door-to-door looking for murderers. We don’t live in a police state. We do have law enforcement.”