Donald Trump’s campaign was effectively ignited when he suggested building a wall along the U.S.’s border with Mexico and deporting all undocumented immigrants. However, at a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, Trump told a member of the crowd that he’s okay with legal immigration.
The unidentified crowd member called undocumented immigrants the “backbone” of America in his question, which Trump protested, The Hill reported. “Oh, illegal immigrants are the backbone of our country? I don’t think so, darling,” Trump said. “I don’t think so. I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. They’re not the backbone.”
Trump added: “Let me just tell you something. Let me just tell you something. You know what the backbone of our country [is]? People that came here, and they came here legally — people that came here to this country legally, and they worked their a- - off, and they made this country great.”
Trump has said in the past that even legal immigration should be difficult. In 2000, Trump wrote in his book “The America We Deserve” that the “majority of legal immigrants can often make significant contributions to our society because they have special skills and because they add to our nation’s cultural diversity. They come with the best of intentions.
“But legal immigrants do not and should not enter easily. It’s a long, costly, draining, and often frustrating experience by design. I say to legal immigrants: Welcome and good luck,” Trump wrote, according to On The Issues.
During the New Hampshire rally, Trump speculated that his questioner was a plant from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign. “Who told you to be here? Bernie? No, no, this is a Bernie plant. This is a Bernie plant,” he said.