By Jonathan Easley - 01/10/16 10:55 AM EST
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzVoting Trump because of the Supreme Court isn't enough Trump blames GOP as Dems top RNC ratings Dem lawmakers rally Muslims against Trump MORE (R-Texas) is breaking from GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump tops Clinton on speech ratings WATCH LIVE: Trump holds town hall in Colorado GOP senator’s camp to woo Clinton fans MORE on immigration, saying he won’t deploy a task force that goes "door-to-door" to locate and deport those in the country illegally.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union," Cruz was pressed by anchor Jake Tapper on how he would deal with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
Cruz, who has faced criticism from some quarters for remaining vague on that specific point, said he’d implement a stronger e-verify system to keep illegal immigrants from working; that he’d put in place a stronger “biometric entry-exit system” to find those who have overstayed their visas; and that he would send back illegal immigrants caught committing crimes.
But unlike Trump, Cruz said he would not put together a “deportation force” that goes door-to-door to find those living in the country illegally.
“We don’t have any system that knocks on the doors of every house in America,” Cruz said. “That is not how the American law enforcement system works. We also don’t have people door-to-door looking for murderers. We don’t live in a police state. We do have law enforcement. How do we catch people? We catch people through things like e-verify.”