Donald Trump Straight-Up Tells Republican Voter Yes, I Will Deport Your Relatives


Say what you will about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, the guy seems to have a crystal-clear vision of his appeal, and a vise-like grip on it. During a Today Show town hall event Thursday morning, a woman who described herself as an undecided registered Republican asked Trump if he would deport the undocumented parents of her natural-born citizen relative. Trump, in fine Trumpian form, took a few seconds to slam Canadian-born Ted Cruz before telling the woman that yes, he would deport her loved ones:

Voter Jamie Eckman: My relative is a natural-born American in the military, deployed in Oman. His father and stepmother are undocumented citizens here in the — undocumented people here in the United States for the last 25 years without any way of adjusting their status. If you’re president, what will you do for those members that are the fabric of our country, that have been here for 25 years undocumented? Won’t they be deported?

Trump: When you say natural-born citizens, that’s interesting. I assume you were born here. Why do you mention that? Because you know who always says that? Ted Cruz. He was born in Canada and lived there for four years. He says “I’m a natural-born citizen when, actually he was born in Canada. But, you know what? He has no path right now..

Eckman: I’m not for Cruz.

Lauer: What’s your plan for her relatives?

Trump: They’ve been here how many years? We’re going to do something. For people that have been — look, we’re either going to have a country or we’re not going to have a country. But many people are very fine people. and I’m sure these are very, very fine people. They’re going to go, and we’re going to create a path where we can get them into this country legally, okay? But it has to be done legally.

Eckman: You will deport them first, right?

Trump: They’re going to go, and then come back and come back legally. We have wonderful people. It’s too tough to say you’ll never come back again. They’re coming back, but they’re coming back into our country legally. so important. Now, that might not be the perfect answer for you.

Trump has weathered a minefield of political pitfalls and seemingly indoctrinaire positions in his quest for the presidency, and his unflinching devotion to his immigration stance is a major reason why. This exchange demonstrates just how committed he is to that anti-immigrant base. As for the voter, New York’s primary was yesterday, so presumably, she’ll either be packing her relatives’ bags or voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

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