Remember when Donald Trump said that he would send teams around to gather up illegals and deport them. Ted Cruz went off on him like a skyrocket and claimed that Trump’s suggestion was barbaric and just plain wrong.
Mr. Cruz’s top GOP presidential rival, Donald Trump, has called for a “deportation force” to remove the roughly 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
“That is not how American law enforcement works, we also don’t have people going door-to-door looking for murderers, we don’t live in a police state,” Mr. Cruz said.
The Texas senator spoke up for the employment-verification program E-Verify and the criminal law enforcement system to combat illegal immigration.
“Federal immigration law says if we apprehend an individual who is here illegally, they are to be deported. I will enforce the law,” Mr. Cruz told CNN.
So, what he is saying is that if an illegal happens to get picked up by police, he will deport them but otherwise they stay.
Now, fast forward to Monday night. Cruz is once again on the O’Reilly Factor. He is once again talking about illegal immigrants after two smashing losses in NH and South Carolina. This time he said he would seek out illegals and deport them and Donald Trump would not do that. (This flip flop could be a record breaker)
When asked if he would “go look for them” Cruz responded, “Bill, of course you would. 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.”
When asked if he would send federal law enforcement to the home of someone who overstayed their visa to deport them, Cruz said, “You better believe it.” He later added that he would put a biometric exit/entry system for visas.
After host Bill O’Reilly contended the courts would probably block this plan because of due process, Cruz objected. He further stated, “[T]he biggest difference is that 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’d let them back in as citizens. I will not.” Cruz continued that under existing federal law, illegal immigrants who are deported are not eligible to come back into the US legally, and that Trump’s and Rubio’s positions “aren’t consistent with rule of law.”
Let me make one quick correction to Cruz’s second position. Donald Trump said once back home they can apply for readmission like any other legal immigrant can. Ask any legal alien how difficult that is. Sure, maybe 1000 or 2000 a year might come back but not all 12 million like Cruz made up.
So you can trust Ted, heh? I guess the question is which time?