• Trump Takes Down Chuck Todd On ‘Meet the Press’ Amnesty Ambush

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep illegal immigrants from taking over the country. He also wants to end “birthright citizenship” for their children.

    Trump declared, during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press, that he would push to end the constitutionally protected citizenship rights of children of any family living illegally inside the U.S.

    “They’re illegal,” Trump said, describing native-born children of people living illegally in the U.S.

    “What they’re doing, they’re having a baby,” he said. “And then all of a sudden, nobody knows … the baby’s here.”

    His interview with host Chuck Todd got testy when Trump indicated he’d rescind the Dream Act, President Obama’s executive order granting quasi-legal status to people who entered the country illegally as children.

    “The executive order gets rescinded,” Trump said.

    “You’ll rescind that one, too? You’ll rescind the Dream Act executive order, the DACA?” asked host Chuck Todd.

    “We’re going to have to,” Trump said. “We have to make a whole new set of standards.”

    “So you’re going to split up families? You’re going to deport children?” asked Todd.

    “We’re going to keep the families together,” he said. “We have to keep the families together, but they have to go. They have to go.”

    “What if they have no place to go?” Todd asked.

    “We will work with them,” Trump said. “They have to go, Chuck. We either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”

    Todd pressed Trump on how he would actually implement the deportation considering the hefty cost.

    “Do you think there’s tremendous cost for the illegals that are in here right now?” Trump replied. “Do you think there’s tremendous crime being committed by illegals?”

    Trump promised to “expedite it so people can come back in” after the deportation. “The good people can come back,” he said.

    He also reiterated his promise to make Mexico pay for the wall and explained that he would do it by increasing fees on border movement between the United States and Mexico.

    Native-born children of legal and illegal immigrants have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1868.

    The odds of repealing the amendment’s citizenship clause are extremely slim. It would require the votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and support from three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures.

    Trump’s campaign outlined detailed policies for “immigration reform” on his website after his interview.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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