“We do not live in a police state . . . I will enforce the law.”
Back in November, Donald Trump asserted that if elected president he would have a “humane deportation force” to round up all illegal immigrants and deport them.
This statement is now being used in interviews with other presidential candidates who are opposed to amnesty and want to close the border and enforce existing immigration law.
For example, in a Sunday interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper harangued Ted Cruz on Trump’s concept of a “deportation force.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz does not plan to authorize a special force to deport the undocumented immigrants currently in the country, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper, setting up a policy contrast with Donald Trump.
. . . . Cruz, who over the past few weeks has specifically endorsed deportations after months of resisting, said in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union” that the U.S. should catch those who came here illegally under normal law enforcement practices, not through round-ups of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.
“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.
I’m glad to hear him speak plainly and to mention jackboots; the latter was my first thought when I heard Trump’s proposal back in November–just as it was my first thought when Obama was trumpeting the need for a “civilian national security force.” Once such a federal “force” is established and given broad authority to round people up, it would never be dismantled, and some future president would be able to use and/or adapt it for his or her own agenda with the stroke of a pen (or a phone call).
Anyway, Cruz’s approach to illegals already in the country is simple and would be massively effective: reverse Obama’s executive amnesty, enforce existing law, and strengthen the rules that need it.
“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.”
Cruz indicated that he would only deport those who are apprehended, such as those who commit crimes or are caught by prospective employers without having immigrated legally. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement or Border Patrol agents could also apprehend those along the border.
On his website, Cruz has laid his plan to stop illegal immigration. These ideas coupled with the enforcement and/or strengthening of existing law—including ending sanctuary cities, stopping “catch and release” programs, ending entitlements for illegals, and strengthening e-verify—would go a long way to solving the problem without turning our country into a third world police state.