Creating a contrast with Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz ruled out the use of a new federal "deportation force" to seek and deport illegal immigrants.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: How do you get the people who are already in here, out?
TED CRUZ: You put in place a strong E-Verify system, that means people can not get employment without proving they are here legally. You implement a strong biometric entry-exit system for visas, so that we know the instant someone overstays their visa. 40% of illegal immigrants are visa overstays.
JAKE TAPPER: I stilll don't understand, these people living in the shadows, operating under the radar, willyou have a force that goes door to door, rounds them up, and deports them.
TED CRUZ: We have a deportation force, it is called border patrol and immigration/customs enforcement. Border patrol is at the border, ICE is at the interior, they are both law enforcement.
This shouldn't be an issue of debate...
The Constitution answers this. It says that the president must "take care that the laws are faithfully executed," that is a responsibility. When the president takes his oath of office, that is a promise to the American people.
What Barack Obama says is he doesn't care what federal law says, he will not enforce it.
If I am elected president, I will enforce the law. Federal immigration law says, if we aprehend an individual who is here illegally, we will deport them.
JAKE TAPPER: I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but it is a simple question, yes or no. Will you have people going door to door rounding people up?
TED CRUZ: We don't have any system that knocks door to door every person in America, that is not how the American law enforcement system works... We don't live in a police state. We do have law enforcement, how do we catch people? We catch them through things ike E-verify, we catch them through things like the criminal law enforcment system.