Cruz: No 'deportation force' in my White House

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) is breaking from GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHow will President Trump handle violence against women in the US? This feminist stands against abortion rights captivity of women's rights 6 ways Trump can advance religious freedom in his first 100 days 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.

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“No, I don’t intend to send jack boots to knock on your door and every door in America, that’s not the way we enforce the law for any crime,” Cruz said Sunday.

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.”