Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in June and made headlines by making disparaging remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico. He’s cooled off on the immigration rhetoric as of late, but that didn’t stop Trump from going back to his old ways.
Once referring to them as “criminals” and “rapists,” the billionaire real estate mogul didn’t exactly get off to the best start in appealing to Hispanic voters. Backlash quickly followed and since then, Trump as attempted to amended his message to include Mexicans as “very good people” with “great spirit.” The former host of “The Apprentice” has predicted that he will actually win the Hispanic vote. During an interview recorded on August 15, but set to air on the August 16 edition of “Meet the Press,” Trump elaborated on his immigration plans.
Interviewing Trump aboard his private jet in Des Moines, Iowa, host Chuck Todd pressed the Republican front runner on immigration. “We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” Trump said. When asked what his plans were for families that would be broken up even if they had no place to go, Trump simply said, “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.”
Going into further detail, Trump said he would reverse President Obama’s recent executive order, leading to the deportation of all illegal immigrants out of the United States. Trump would go even further, and would fight back against young immigrants who were brought to the states as children. Saying the country must make a “whole new set of standards,” young “DREAMers” would be forced out of the United States, and back to their home origin, whether they have been there since they left or not. Despite his controversial comments about immigration and other issues, Trump still holds a commanding lead in the Republican primary. The full interview will take place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on NBC.