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Trump: Romney’s Self-Deportation Policy Was ‘Mean-Spirited,’ Doesn’t Support Restricting Legal Immigration Further

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argued that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s self-deportation policy is “mean-spirited” on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.

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“People will have to go out, they are illegal immigrants, they came in illegally, they have to go out, and they have to come back legally. Bret, there will be a deportation, and hopefully they’ll be able to come back into the country.”

Trump was asked about his comments in 2012 that Mitt Romney’s self-deportation policy was “mean-spirited” and “crazy.” He responded, “I said it was crazy, because it doesn’t work. He was talking about people are just going to walk out of the country. … I criticized it because it’s something that doesn’t work. Yeah, it’s mean-spirited, it’s mean-spirited — this doesn’t work at all, Bret. this would never have worked. Look, I want people to go out and they have to come in through the legal process.”

He added that his plan isn’t “mean-spirited” and that after illegal immigrants are deported, they “can come back in, but they have to come in through a legal process.”

When asked, “do you think legal immigration should be restricted further?” Trump responded, “I think that legal immigration’s a good thing. If they come in legally, they go through a process, and if they come in legally, I think that’s a good thing, Bret.”

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