Sharpening his position on illegal immigration, Senator Ted Cruz told Bill O’Reilly on Monday that millions of illegal immigrants should be deported. This is a partial departure from a previous pattern in which Cruz was careful to not directly answer questions pertaining to mass deportations of illegal aliens. While Cruz has consistently called for the rule of law to be applied, he has previously hedged insofar as describing the implementation of such an approach.
“Listen, we should enforce the law. How do we enforce the law? Yes, we should deport them. We should build a wall. We should triple the border patrol. And federal law requires, that anyone here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported,” replied Cruz.
Asked is he would direct federal authorities to search for illegal aliens, Cruz answered in the affirmative.
“Mr. Trump would look for [illegal aliens] to get them out. Would you do that if you were President?” asked O’Reilly.
“Listen, we should enforce the law. How do we enforce the law? Yes, we should deport them. We should build a wall. We should triple the border patrol. And federal law requires, that anyone here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported”
- Senator Ted Cruz
“Bill, of course you would. That’s what [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the law, apprehends them, and deports them,” answered Cruz.
Asked if he would deport Tommy O’Malley from County Cork, Ireland - a fictional character concocted by O’Reilly in order to remove what he described as the emotional element of hypothetical Hispanic illegal aliens - an illegal alien who had overstayed his visa, settled in Long Island, and had a couple of children, Cruz answered in the affirmative.
Cruz then took to opportunity to draw a contrast between his position and what he described as the shared position of Trump and Senator Marco Rubio.
“The biggest difference, Bill, between 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,” concluded Cruz.
Left-wing media personalities were quick to take notice of this interview.
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