Trump on Illegals: 'They're Going to Go Out, and They'll Come Back If They Deserve to Come Back'

By Melanie Arter | September 17, 2015 | 12:03pm EDT
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – During the GOP presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that his immigration plan would allow illegal immigrants who are removed from the U.S. to return, but if they’ve been arrested, “they’re never coming back.”

“They’re going to go out, and they’ll come back if they deserve to come back. If they’ve had a bad record, if they’ve been arrested, if they’ve been in jail, they’re never coming back. We’re going to have a country again,” he said when asked how much his plan to forcibly deport 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants would cost and how he planned to do it.


“Mr. Trump, you have called for deporting every undocumented immigrant, Governor Christie has said, quote, ‘There are not enough law enforcement officers -- local, county, state and federal combined -- to forcibly deport 11 to 12 million people.’ Tell Governor Christie how much your plan will cost, and how you will get it done,” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Correct. First of all, I want to build a wall, a wall that works. So important, and it's a big part of it. Second of all, we have a lot of really bad dudes in this country from outside, and I think Chris knows that, maybe as well as anybody. They go. If I get elected, first day they're gone. Gangs all over the place - Chicago, Baltimore – no matter where you look,” said Trump.

“We have a country based on laws. I will make sure that those laws are adhered to. These are illegal immigrants,” he said.

“I don’t think you’d even be asking this question if I didn’t run, because when I ran - and I brought this up at my opening remarks at Trump Tower – I took heat like nobody has taken heat in a long time, and then they found out with the killing of Kate from San Francisco and so many other crimes, they found out that I was right, and … many people apologized to me,” he said.

Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old San Francisco woman was fatally shot by Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who was deported five times and used a stolen federal agent’s gun to kill Steinle. San Francisco is a sanctuary city that does not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

“I don’t think you’d even be talking about illegal immigration if it weren’t for me,” Trump added.

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