In an interview broadcast on Jan. 18, Donald Trump announced that he would be revealing his new immigration policy in the coming months. That same night, at a dinner in Washington D.C., Trump began addressing some of the points.
"We’re working on the border," President-elect Trump told a private dinner of some 500 people, including donors and cabinet appointees, reports The New York Times. "We want people to come into our country, but we want them to come in legally."
The sentiment mirrors Trump's pledge in his Jan. 18 interview with Fox News.
“It's a plan that's going to be very firm, but it's going to be a lot of heart," Trump told Ainsley Earhardt on "Fox & Friends," notes Politico. "And we're going to be looking into that situation. That's a very tough situation, but I think they're going to end up being very happy. We're going to have great people coming into our country, people that love our country."
At the private dinner event, Trump added that he wants his immigration policy "at least [to] a certain degree to be merit-based."
Trump noted that his plan would also include "extreme vetting ... We want people to come into our country who are going to love us and respect us."
"We're going to have great people and people of great talent coming into our country," Trump noted in his Fox News interview. "And if you can think of this, some of the Silicon Valley companies want to build up in Canada, because in Canada, they're able to get the people that they need and they can't get them in this country because we don't allow them in this country ... So we're going to take care of a lot of situations. And we're going to have a lot of heart, believe me. It's going to be a heart almost as big as yours."