According to Donald Trump, many gang members across the country, and specifically in Baltimore, Maryland, Chicago, Illinois, and Ferguson, Missouri, are illegal immigrants.
“A lot of the gangs that you see – it doesn’t hopefully pertain to you guys so much – but when you look at Baltimore, when you look at Chicago and Ferguson and a lot of these areas, you know a lot of these gang members are illegal immigrants,” Trump told Mobile, Alabama, radio station FM Talk 106.5 on Thursday, The Hill reports.
If elected president, Trump says he will “get them out so fast out of this country. So fast.”
Trump spoke with the Alabama radio station ahead of a scheduled rally he has planned for today in Mobile. His campaign said it was forced to move the event to a larger venue due to a “surge in interest.”
The rally will take place at Ladd Peeples Stadium which has the capacity to hold 40,000.
Trump was asked during the interview for a response to the reported hate crime that took place in Boston, Massachusetts, where two brothers beat up a Hispanic man while saying, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” the Sun Times reports.
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate,” Trump responded. “They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”
Trump also defended his belief that the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment does not require birthright citizenship.
“They would cross the border for one day and all of a sudden we’re supposed to give social security, Medicare, medical, education — this was a United States citizen,” Trump said. “It’s not fair.”