Wall Street Journal
By Harriet Torry
January 10, 2016
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he doesn’t support sending forces to round up and deport illegal immigrants, likening such a policy to “a police state.”
“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,” Mr. Cruz told CNN in an interview broadcast Sunday.
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.
In the interview, the Republican presidential candidate also hit back at Mr. Trump’s suggestion that Mr. Cruz may not be constitutionally eligible to serve as president because he was born in Calgary, Canada.
“The Constitution and federal law are clear that the child of a U.S. citizen board abroad is a natural-born citizen,” Mr. Cruz said, adding his Wilmington, Delaware-born mother never voted in Canada and has been a U.S. citizen “all 81 years of her life.”
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