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By Shawna Thomas

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas said the "divisive" issue of what to do about the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States distracts from the problem of securing the borders.

"My view is first, we secure the borders and solve the problem of illegal immigration. And then I think we can have a conversation about what to do about the people who remain here," the Republican presidential candidate said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

When pressed on the issue of the 11 million people already here he said, "President Obama and the Democrats focus on that issue because the question you're asking is the most divisive partisan question in this entire debate. And I don't believe President Obama wants to solve this."

Cruz also accused members of his own party of being supportive of "amnesty" — or giving undocumented immigrants who arrived illegally a way to stay in the United States.

"A lot of Republicans in the Washington cartel, they're all for amnesty too because from the perspective of the chamber of commerce and Wall Street, it's cheap labor," he said.