Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is toughening his position on whether the more than 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally should be found and deported.
Cruz said in a Fox News interview late Monday that anyone living in the U.S. illegally should be sought out and deported. That marks a shift for Cruz who said last month while campaigning in Iowa that he opposed dispatching a special force to deport undocumented immigrants. Instead, Cruz said then they would be caught through existing law enforcement agencies.
Cruz told CNN in January, "I don't intend to send jackboots to knock on you door and every door in America. That's now how we enforce the law for any crime."
But in Monday's interview on Fox, Cruz was asked whether he would send federal law enforcement officers to the home of an immigrant known to be living in the country illegally.
Cruz says, "You'd better believe it." But he says there is no ability to do that now because the U.S. doesn't have a biometric exit-entry system to know when someone has overstayed their work visa.