Trump: I’ll Try To Bring Back ‘Good’ Illegal Immigrants ‘Rapidly’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “we have a lot of really good people. They’re illegal. Now, you either have a country or not. We go out, and we’re going to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones,” and “the good people are going to be able to come back, but they’re going to come back legally” in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” new portions of which were broadcast on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart.”

Trump stated that Mexico has to pay for a border fence, illegal immigrants in the US “have to go,” and called for an end to birthright citizenship. He added, “when we have some good people, we have some very good people here, we have a lot of really good people. They’re illegal. Now, you either have a country or not. We go out, and we’re going to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones. Rapidly. You know the word ‘expedited’?”

Trump also said he would rescind the president’s executive actions on immigration. When asked about the cost of his plans, he responded, “Look at the cost of what we have right now.” And pointed to the “tremendous” cost of and crimes committed by illegal immigrants right now before adding, “we will do it, and we will expedite it so people can come back in. The good people can come back in.”

He later stated, “the good people are going to be able to come back, but they’re going to come back legally. We have to have a country. We have to have a great country. Also, I want to bring people that are going to really help us, not all at the low end. We have to bring people that — and I’ve been hearing more and more of this. We have to bring people that are university — you know, go to universities, that are doctors.” And “As far as immigration’s concerned, we need the wall. We want people to come in. I want people to come in. They have to be wonderful people, they have to come in legally. You know, if you’re in Mexico, it’s almost impossible to become a citizen of Mexico. And yet us, we just — they just walk across the border.”

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