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Trump Reveals His Immigration Plan

'A nation without borders is not a nation'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2015 2:43 AM CDT
Trump Releases Hardline Immigration Plan
Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump has released the first policy paper of his campaign, and few will be surprised by the subject: illegal immigration. In "Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again" and an interview on NBC's Meet The Press, Trump fleshes out his hard-line position, calling for building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it; deporting all undocumented immigrants; and ending "birthright citizenship" for children born to people in the country illegally, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump, whose plan states that "a nation without borders is not a nation," promises to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and immediately rescind President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

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"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," he told NBC, adding that after the deportations, he would "expedite it so people can come back in," as long as they were "good people." Asked about families that might be deported, he said: "They're illegal. You either have a country or not," reports the AP, which notes that his plan to end birthright citizenship would probably require amending the Constitution. Former Ronald Reagan adviser Ed Rollins tells the Journal that Trump's deportation plan isn't realistic. "It gives him talking points, not a plan that can be implemented," he says. "He's set a bar that is very low." (Trump is expected to report for jury duty in New York City this morning.)

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