Republican Senator Ted Cruz on an appearance on the O'Reilly Factor political show said he would instruct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to round up and deport all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. an estimated 12 million.
O’REILLY: Would you round up 12 million illegal aliens here, and if so, how?
CRUZ: 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. Federal law requires that anyone here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported.
O’REILLY: Would you go look for them, though? Mr. Trump would look for them to get them out. Would you do that if you were president?
CRUZ: Look, Bill, of course you would. That’s what ICE exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them and deports them.
A study in 2015 found that an attempt to deport all undocumented immigrants would cost between $400 and $600 billion dollars and these numbers do not take into account the damage to GDP and economic growth by losing a huge part of the American workforce.
Earlier in the campaign Cruz said he would not have a "deportation force," like the one suggested by Donald Trump.
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,