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Trump Promises His 'Deportation Force' Will Be Humane, Despite References To Eisenhower's 'Operation Wetback'

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

After Republican presidential candidates publicly disputed how to handle immigration at the latest debate on Nov. 10, Donald Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that, if elected, he would create a “deportation force” to deport 11 million people. 

"You're going to have a deportation force, and you're going to do it humanely," Trump told co-host Mika Brzezinski on Nov. 11.

"Don't forget, Mika, that you have millions of people that are waiting in line to come into this country and they're waiting to come in legally," the real estate mogul added. "And I always say the wall, we're going to build the wall. It's going to be a real deal. It's going to be a real wall.”

Trump said during the debate that he would follow in President Dwight Eisenhower's footsteps by deporting undocumented citizens. Eisenhower deported 1.5 million people via bus, dumping them off at the border in 1955.

However, Trump was unable to say how he would prevent the atrocities that occurred during Eisenhower's so-called “Operation Wetback.” Many deportees died of heat stroke and were left in remote areas, The Washington Post reported.

“Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him,” Trump said during the Republican debate in Milwaukee. 

"'I like Ike,' right? The expression. ‘I like Ike.’ Moved a 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back," Trump added. "Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.”

During his MSNBC interview, Trump said his plan to build a wall was crucial.

“It’s going to be a Trump wall. It’s going to be a real wall. And it’s going to stop people and it’s going to be good,” he said.

Sources: MSNBC, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)