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Ted Cruz: Trump Will Let Deported Immigrants Back In, I Won't

"He's advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that."

Posted on January 5, 2016, at 10:37 a.m. ET

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Ted Cruz said during an appearance in Iowa on Monday that there's a difference between him and Donald Trump on immigration.

The Texas senator, who is leading the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa according to the latest polls, was asked by a man in the state if, like Trump, he believed that all undocumented immigrants should be deported.

Cruz replied, "Absolutely yes."

"And in fact, look, there's a difference," said Cruz. "He's advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that."

Cruz is on a six-day trip around the state to shore up support for his candidacy. He made the remarks during an appearance in Boone. The video of the exchange was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.

Here's a transript of the exchange:

QUESTIONER: Both you and Donald Trump are really strong on immigration, but he supports deporting all the illegal immigrants. Are you willing to say the same?

TED CRUZ: Absolutely, yes. We should enforce the law.

Q: All?

T.C.: We should enforce the law.

Q: Ok.

T.C.: And in fact, look, there's a difference. He's advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that.

Q: So no citizens and all of them?

T.C.: So, if you read I have a very detailed 11-page immigration proposal that's on my website it's TedCruz.org. It was designed with Steve King and Jeff Sessions were the two who sat down with me to prepare it and it is enforce the law across the board.

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