Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States if he was elected as the next president, during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Trump also vowed to rescind President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration that would protect up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.
“So you’re going to split up families? You’re going to deport children?” the TV presenter asked him.
Trump said “no” and added, “We’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together, but they have to go.”
“We have to come up with a whole new set of standards. Either we have a country or we don't have a country," he said when asked what if they had no place to go.
On Sunday, the Trump campaign issued its first outlines of the immigration policy that outlined Trump’s proposal to build a large, permanent wall along the Mexican border, while he did not call for making Canada build a wall along its even longer border.
The largest minority group in the US is the hispanics, most of which have Mexican roots.
His earlier comments on Mexican immigrants had received nationwide criticism.
During his speech announcement his bid for the Republican nomination to the upcoming US presidential election, Trump had accused Mexicans of being responsible for drugs and crime in the country.
"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said in his speech on June 16.