Trump: Illegal Immigrants Will 'Go to Prison for Quite a While' If They Return After Deportation

By Susan Jones | October 24, 2016 | 6:26am EDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

( - Republican Donald Trump, outlining his plan for his first 100 days in the Oval Office on Saturday, said he fully intends to build a wall on the southern border, but now he says Mexico will be "reimbursing" the cost of that wall.

Trump also said he will propose legislation establishing mandatory, minimum federal prison sentences for people who illegally re-enter the country.

Trump's position on the wall is well-known. He repeated on Saturday that "Mexico is going to pay for the wall." But first, Congress will appropriate the money for the wall, Trump said for the first time -- "with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such a wall, OK?"

Until now, he hasn't talked in much detail about sending illegal aliens to prison if they re-enter the country.

But on Saturday, Trump said his "End Illegal Immigration Act" would establish a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for people who illegally re-enter the United States after a previous deportation.

He proposes a five-year mandatory, minimum sentence for people with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations who illegally re-enter the country.

"So, when somebody comes in, we send them out," Trump said. "They come back in, they go to prison for quite a while. If they come back, if they come back again, they go five years. Because what's happening is, they're coming back ten times.

"And I could go case after case, they come back. Look at what happened in San Francisco. Five times he came back. On the fifth time, he killed Kate (Steinle) -- five times. But so many others, one ten times came back, killed somebody after ten times.

"When they get deported, they stay out. Otherwise, they have very serious prison terms. They will stay out. Once you do that, they will stay out. Right now, they have no consequence."

In late August, when he gave a policy address on immigration in Arizona, Trump said he would ask Congress to pass Kate's Law on  his first day in office -- "to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry face receive strong mandatory minimum sentences." But he did not give details.

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