When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said during Tuesday night’s debate that it was “nonsense” that Donald Trump was going to deport millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally, he was incorrect.
During a Republican primary debate in November 2015, Trump praised President Dwight Eisenhower’s mass deportation program.
“You are going to have a deportation force, and you are going to do it humanely,” Trump said the next day on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" when asked how he would round up the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
In the general election, Trump has modulated his rhetoric on illegal immigration, emphasizing that his top priority is to expel criminals.
But in an August immigration speech in Phoenix, Trump made clear he was sticking to his hard line on deportations.
“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” he said. “That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don’t have a country.”