GOP frontrunner Donald Trump defended his newly released immigration plan in an interview with CNN — most notably his call to revoke citizenship for children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrant parents.
“I have to do the right thing,” Trump said when asked by anchor Chris Cuomo about the criticism of his plan.
Trump’s plan has been blasted not only by the left, but by fellow Republicans and other presidential candidates as well. Many have questioned his ability to win the Latino vote.
Trouble for the businessman was evident even during the interview at Trump Tower, when an onlooker in the lobby of the building shouted: “You will never win the Latino vote. The Latino (voters) don't like you."
Trump spoke specifically to his belief that birthright citizenship, which guarantees citizenship to children born in the U.S. from undocumented parents, should be changed.
“No. 1, the 14th Amendment is very questionable as to whether or not somebody can come over, have a baby and immediately that baby is a citizen. OK?” he said. “Amending is too big a deal. It's going to take -- it'll be two terms. I'd be in my second term or my eighth year by the time -- assuming everything went smoothly. ... I believe you can win it legally."
He added that he believes people can’t just “walk over” the border just to give birth.
“You have people on the border and in one day they walk over, have a baby. And now all of a sudden we're supposed to pay the baby ... medical, Social Security,” he said.
Trump also criticized the term “undocumented” for its supposed political correctness.
“You know, this country is so politically correct. Nobody wants to take a stance on anything,” he said.
“'Now they like to use the word undocumented because it's more political -- I don't use that word," he added. "They're illegal immigrants. They came over illegally. Some are wonderful people, and they've been here for a while. They've got to go out. They've got to leave."
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