Donald Trump plans to undo President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, get rid of birthright citizenship, and deport all undocumented immigrants if he is elected president, he said Sunday.
Birthright citizenship “remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration,” Trump said in his 6-page immigration policy reporttitled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again.”
Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd aboard his gilded private plane on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Trump said of the current illegal immigrants in the country, “We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.”
When Todd questioned where they would go if they have nowhere to return to, Trump repeated, “We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”
Trump said that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., helped him come up with specific policies on immigration, and that he will streamline the process for becoming a legal citizen. He plans to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, require companies to hire American workers first and mandate nationwide e-certify usage, among other measures.
“Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers,” the report outlines.
In the report, Trump reiterates that he will make Mexico pay for the wall. He plans to do this by impounding “remittance payments derived from illegal wages,” increasing “fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats” and fees on border crossing cards, North American Free Trade Agreement worker visas from Mexico and fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico.
“We will not be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump said.