Trump: Illegal immigrants ‘have to go’
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKennedy considering retiring from Supreme Court: reports Ninth Circuit gives green light for much larger travel ban UK Labour leader has ‘message on the wall’ for Trump MORE says he would rescind President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and deport all illegal immigrants if elected president.
 
Speaking to NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that will air Sunday, Trump said that “we’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.”
 
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The billionaire businessman said he would “make a whole new set of standards” to replace Obama’s immigration orders.
 
“We will work with them. They have to go,” Trump said. “We either have a country or we don’t have a country.”
 
Trump has drawn controversy on the topic of immigration since he entered the presidential race June 16.
 
“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” Trump said of Mexico during his announcement speech at New York City’s Trump Tower. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he added. “And some, I assume, are good people.”
 
Those remarks drew condemnation from many politicians, including Republicans. And a wide variety of corporations severed contracts with Trump, including Macy’s, NASCAR, Univision and NBC, which airs “Meet the Press.”
 
But Trump showed no inclination to back off his statements, and it’s paid off thus far in the 2016 election. Trump has a big lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average of the GOP race, nearly doubling the second-place candidate.