Trump defends plan for illegal immigrants
Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his plan yesterday to deport millions living in the US illegally, saying it could be done "humanely."
Trump touted President Dwight D. Eisenhower's efforts in the 1950s as proof such a mass deportation can be done.
When pressed on how he could carry out the deportation of millions, Trump said "you're going to have a deportation force, and you're going to do it humanely."
A day after the fourth Republican presidential debate, Trump and other 2016 White House candidates were campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all states with early primary contests.
The debate did little to change the outlook in race for the Republican nomination, which features 15 candidates and no overwhelming front-runner less than three months before the primary process begins.
Traditional politicians including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are striving to emerge from the shadow cast by the unexpected rise of Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
"They're doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this," Bush said of Trump's plan to deport undocumented immigrants from the U.S.
"We have to win the presidency, and the way you win the presidency is have practical plans."
Rubio said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the government must deal with those here illegally "responsibly but realistically."
He said those applying to remain legally would have to pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and learn English, among other requirements.
He said they would then get a "work permit" valid for at least 10 years.