Donald Trump Vows to Deport All Undocumented Immigrants if Elected President
If he is elected president in 2016, Donald Trump admits he would surely reverse President Obama's bold executive order on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S.
"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump explicitly told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.
When pressed on what might become of those who would essentially have nowhere to go, the outspoken leading Republican candidate doubled down, "They have to go. We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don't have a country."
Speaking on his private plane as it idled on a runway in Des Moines, Iowa, the real estate mogul offered the first sketches of the immigration policy proposals he'd implement from the Oval Office.
Trump added he's convinced the standard for allowing any immigrants to come to the U.S. has to be raised. He insisted the Dream Act, which allows those illegally brought to this country as children protection from deportation, also has to be rescinded.
Trump's incendiary comments are certain to draw further damnation from Latino activists and advocacy groups. The two sides have openly clashed ever since the bombastic real estate mogul began his campaign with a speech accusing Mexico of sending "criminals" and "rapists" to the U.S.
Despite some criticism from within his own party, Trump has held steadfast to his assertions, and his profile within some Republican circles has only risen. He routinely draws thousands of enthusiastic, raucous supporters to his campaign stops, and recently moved to open up his first campaign office in the bellwether, early-voting state of Iowa.
The full Trump interview will air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," starting at 9 a.m. EDT.
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