Despite not being born in the United States, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has started pushing for stronger immigration reforms on the campaign trail.
In a Feb. 22 interview with Bill O’Reilly on his show “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, Cruz was asked about his stance on immigration.
"Would you go look for them, though?" Reilly asked. "As (Donald) Trump would look for them to get them out, would you do that if you were president?"
"Bill, of course you would, that's what ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) exists for," Cruz responded. "We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them and deports them.”
Cruz also clarified that he would target all immigrants, no matter how well they’re assimilated or their country of origin.
In a January interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Cruz appeared more lenient.
"I don't intend to send jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America," Cruz told Tapper. "That's not how we enforce the law for any crime. We don't live in a police state. We do have law enforcement."
On his website, Cruz has outlined a comprehensive immigration reform plan, which includes strengthening existing laws, ending sanctuary city politics, and repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.
“The American people understand that we must reverse the policies that invite criminals and terrorists to defy the law, allow manipulation of our generous immigration system, and reward illegal immigrants for their actions,” he writes on the website.
“A strong President can and must secure the border," he adds. "Under current law, there is more than enough legal authority to do so; what is missing is the political will. In the Senate, I have stood consistently with the majority of Americans against amnesty and lawlessness, and I will do the same as President.”
Cruz finished third in the Feb. 23 Republican Nevada caucus, with 21 percent of the votes, FiveThirtyEight reports.