In June 2012, Donald Trump is three years away from announcing his most recent campaign for president. Speaking with CNBC, Trump praises the work of immigrants in the country illegally and stands against deporting people.
"You know my views on it and I'm not necessarily, I think I'm probably down the middle on that also,” Trump begin in a response to a question about immigrant labor, notes CNN. “Because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they've done a great job, they've done wonderfully, they've gone to school, they've gotten good marks, they're productive -- now we're supposed to send them out of the country, I don't believe in that, Michelle [Caruso-Cabrera], and you understand that. I don't believe in a lot things that are being said."
Three years later, in June 2015, Trump would announce his campaign for presidency with an anti-immigration policy.
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
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“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” Trump would add in September 2016, reports The Washington Post.
Beyond building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to block immigrants from entering the country illegally, Trump has routinely proposed a deportation force that would quickly send back 5 million immigrants to their home countries. The U.S. has an estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
“We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration,” Trump continued. “We will break the cycle. There will be no amnesty. Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country. Can’t do it.”