Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a GOP voter on the "Today" show on April 21 that he would deport her undocumented relatives but then bring them back legally (video below).
Jamie Eckman, a registered Republican, told Trump that her relative "is a natural-born American in the military, deployed in Oman."
"His father and his stepmother are undocumented citizens ... in the United States for the last 25 years without any way of adjusting their status," she continued.
Eckman then asked Trump if he would deport undocumented people who have been in the U.S. for 25 years.
When you say natural-born citizens, that’s interesting, because why do you mention that? I assume that you were born here. But why do you mention that? Because you know who always says that? Ted Cruz.
Because he was born in Canada and lived there for four years, people are trying to figure. He says, “I’m a natural-born citizen," when actually he's not, because he was born in Canada. But, you know what? He has no path right now.
Eckman told Trump that she was not a Cruz supporter, and "Today" show host Matt Lauer asked the GOP front-runner what he would do with her relatives.
We’re going to do something for people that have been, look, we’re either going to have a country or we’re not going to have a country. But many people are very fine people. and I’m sure these are very, very fine people.
They’re going to go, and we’re going to create a path where we can get them into this country legally, okay? But it has to be done legally.
The other "Today" show host asked Trump if he would deport them first, and he said:
They’re going to go, and then come back and come back legally. We have wonderful people. It’s too tough to say you’ll never come back again.
They’re coming back, but they’re coming back into our country legally. So important. Now, that might not be the perfect answer for you.
During the interview, Trump was also asked about his views on transgender bathroom policies, according to CNN.
"If Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower, and wanted to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?" Lauer asked Trump.
"That is correct," Trump answered.
Later in the show, when specifically asked about North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, Trump said:
Well look, North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they're paying a big price, and there's a lot of problems. ... You leave it the way it is, There have been very few complaints the way it is.
People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they're taking. So I would say that's probably the best way.