Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in an interview to CNN on Wednesday said that his immigration plan is based on the deportation of undocumented immigrants later to eliminate “the good ones” to legally enter the country.
"I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back the country so they can be legal," he said to CNN’s Dana Bash.
He also said that those detained in US jails should be repatriated and banned from entering the US.
"We have a lot of bad dudes, as I said. We have a lot of really bad people here, I want to get the bad ones out...And by the way, they're never coming back," he stated.
When asked about how to eliminate the “good” immigrants from “bad ones” he said "Politicians are not going to find them because they have no clue. We will find them, we will get them out… It’s feasible if you know how to manage. Politicians don’t know how to manage."
However, he seemed to come short on answering several issues that may come up with his immigration plan. For instance, he said what will happen to immigrants who came to the US as children is “a tough situation.”
He insisted that even the undocumented immigrants that make positive contributions to several fields in the US should be included in the “legalisation process.”
"We have to make sure they were exemplary, they were wonderful people when they were here. They worked hard, there was no problem ... we have to bring great people into this country. OK? And I want to bring -- I love the idea of immigration. But it's got to be legal immigration." he said.
Several of the recent polls show that Trump is leading the Republican presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, Trump’s statements on the war heros in July were criticised by the Republican party, however, do not seem to affect his poll results.
At a gathering in Iowa, Trump said that he would not refer John McCain as “a war hero” because he was captured. “I like people who weren't captured," he added.
His earlier comments on Mexican immigrants received nationwide criticism as well.
During his speech announcing his bid for US Republican nomination, Trump accused Mexicans of being responsible for drugs and crime in the US.
"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.
He went on to say he would build a “great wall” and make Mexico pay for it because Mexico is “sending” people who are rapists, drug dealers and criminals.
Following such statements, US television network NBC Universal has ended its relationship with Donald Trump over his derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
The television network, which has been under pressure to fire the veteran businessman, said the company would not be airing Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. Respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the statement said.
After NBC’s announcement, Trump said in a statement he stood by his remarks on illegal immigrants, insisting on their accuracy.