Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump doesn’t believe in a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who’ve arrived here illegally — and he has no trouble explaining why.
“We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, according to an excerpt released on Saturday that airs on the show Sunday.
Trump, 69, also said in the interview he would need to rescind Obama’s executive orders on immigration, including one that protects from deportation the children of parents who came to the country illegally.
The real estate mogul and television personality, who has rocketed to the top of opinion polls among the 17 Republican contenders, has aroused controversy with his provocative comments on illegal immigration, including describing some undocumented migrants from Mexico as criminals and rapists.
There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Trump was firm on this issue, and when Todd brought up illegal immigrants who may have nowhere else to go, the real estate magnate replied, “We will work with them.”
“They have to go,” he said. “We either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”
That’s so clear even Chuck Todd should be able to get it.
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