Donald Trump today took to national TV to unveil his immigration strategy and offer more substantive answers about what policies he would pursue as president.
Trump said on Meet The Press that he would end birthright citizenship and deport every single one of the country’s estimated 11million illegal immigrants while rescinding any executive orders Barack Obama put in place to protect them.
In a wide-ranging interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, the presidential candidate explained his views on a number of topics including the Iran nuclear deal, Middle East policy, abortion and Hillary Clinton.
On immigration he said : ‘We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.’
Asked by host Chuck Todd about illegal immigrants who might have nowhere else to go, Trump said: ‘We will work with them.
‘They have to go … we either have a country, or we don’t have a country,’ he added.
The businessman said that he would expedite the process back into the country for some immigrants who were deported.
According to recent research from Pew, Trump’s proposal would mean deporting more than 11million people.
In the candidate’s first position paper, also released Sunday, Trump said that Mexico should pay for a wall to stop people from immigrating into the US.
The paper said that the American government should seize remittances sent back to Mexico and increase fees on visas for Mexican CEOs and diplomats to come to the country until the demand is met.
Trump said that he would also increase fees on border crossing cards and NAFTA work visas for Mexican citizens, as well as increasing fees at ports of entry from Mexico.
He advocated that the US should triple its number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and that businesses should be made to hire from native unemployed workers before requesting visas for those from abroad.
He said that ICE officers should accompany local law enforcement that deals with gangs to look particularly for those illegally in the country who are part of criminal organizations.
The billionaire businessman and former reality TV star also says he would consider shutting down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood.
He says he isn’t sure whether he has donated money to the organization in the past but adds that he would oppose providing federal funds if it continues providing abortion services.
A spokesman for the campaign later said that the billionaire had not donated to Planned Parenthood within the last 20 years.
Trump says he would ask nominees to the Supreme Court about their views on abortion and would take their views into consideration as he made a decision on whom to nominate.
He says he opposes abortion except in case of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.
The tycoon also outlined a foreign policy in which the United States would put ground troops in the fight against Islamic State militants and demand money from Middle East countries supported by the US.
Calling the nuclear agreement forged between Iran and world powers including the US ‘a bad deal,’ Trump says that Iran will have nuclear weapons and take over parts of the world.
‘And I think it’s going to lead to nuclear holocaust,’ he said.
Instead of tearing up the deal, he said he would ‘police’ it, and he called Secretary of State John Kerry ‘incompetent’ for negotiating the agreement.
He said that the deal would make Iran ‘unbelievably powerful’ and put Israel ‘in big trouble’.
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