Donald Trump has been extremely outspoken about his feelings regarding illegal immigrants in the United States since he announced his candidacy in June. In an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump says “they have to go” when referring to undocumented workers.
If elected, Trump went on to say he plans on rescinding Obama’s immigration executive order that protects “DREAMers,” the nickname for young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. According to the Los Angeles Times, the executive order would shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from being deported.
“We are going to keep the families together,” Trump stated in response to Chuck questioning him about splitting up the families.
Trump went on to say “we will work with them” if they have no place to go.
According to the Pew Research Center, there were 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2014, which made up 3.5 percent of the population. In 2012, there were 8.1 million unauthorized workers, which made up 5.1 percent of the entire workforce. While Donald Trump is not saying how he plans on forcing out all 11.3 million illegals, it is going to create a huge shift in the workforce of the United States.
Contrary to popular belief, many illegal workers actually do pay taxes to federal and state governments. According to the Fiscal Times, the 8.1 million unauthorized workers in 2012 actually paid more than $11.8 billion in taxes, despite being in the United States illegally. Experts believe if Obama’s immigration executive order is fully implemented, this figure will increase by nearly $1 billion.
In February, Obama met with six DREAMers and commented on how they are just like any other American, according to an interview from MSNBC.
“I don’t think there is anybody in America who had a chance to talk to these six young people – or the DREAMers all across the country – who wouldn’t find it in their heart to say these kids are Americans just like us and they belong here.”
Despite pressure, Obama is refusing to step back from the executive order.
If Donald Trump has his way, the entire executive order will be thrown in the trash.
“We have to make a whole new set of standards,” Trump told Chuck. “We either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”
While his comments are not going to be popular with many people, Trump has actually been boosting business sales in Mexico, specifically for piñatas. Since Trump’s initial June comments, demand for piñatas shaped like Donald Trump has been off the charts.
The interview, which takes place in Trump’s private plane on a runway in Iowa, is set to air at 9 a.m. ET. today on NBC.
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