Trump apparently wants to authorize a deportation force to get rid of all the illegal immigrants, however Cruz has come out against undergoing mass deportation through this method, and Rubio feels getting rid of everyone is unrealistic.
*“I think both sides here have points to make that are valid,” the Florida Republican senator, a son of Cuban immigrants, told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” program. “We have to deport some people. If you’re not going to enforce your laws, what’s the point of having laws? People who are criminals or overstay visas will be deported.”
But he still does not believe that people who have been in the United States for several years, have not broken the law, and can pass background checks can be rounded up and forced out of the country.
“I’m talking about reality,” said Rubio. “People will have to be deported. But we’ve also have to deem realistically that we have 12 to 13 million people.”
“You have to prove to people you are actually enforcing the law, and illegal immigration is under control,” Rubio said. “And you have to reform the legal immigration system to make it merit-based and not family based.”*
*“No, 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,” Cruz told Tapper as his campaign bus ambled across northern Iowa.
Trump has promised to authorize a “deportation force” to remove those immigrants from the U.S., pledging to do it “humanely.”
Earlier this week, BuzzFeed captured Cruz on video arguing that his plan was stronger than Trump’s because he would not allow those back into the U.S., while Trump’s would.
But on the actual act of deportation, Cruz is taking a softer stance.
“We don’t have any system that knocks on the doors of every person in America,” Cruz told Tapper. “We also don’t have people going door-to-door looking for murderers. We don’t live in a police state. We do have law enforcement.”*