Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Sunday said he would rescind President Barack Obama's executive orders on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DREAM Act, and consider ending birthright citizenship. In a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," the former reality TV star said he would deport those in the U.S. illegally.
"We have to make a whole new set of standards. And when people come in, they have to come in legally," Trump said. "We're going to keep the families together, but they [those in the country illegally] have to go."
Trump's six-page report released Sunday, e“Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” called on Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border of the U.S., and said the government should force the "mandatory return of all criminal aliens" to their home countries.
Here are Trump's three main points for immigration reform laid out in his plan:
1. "Make Mexico pay for the wall"
If Trump were elected president, he would call on Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, saying the country has been “taking advantage” of the U.S. by using illegal immigration to "export the crime and poverty in their own country.”
Until Mexico pays up, Trump advised the U.S. to "impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages" and increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats. The report also said the U.S. should increase fees on all border crossing cards.
“In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up,” the report said.
2. "Mandatory return of all criminal aliens"
Trump also called for laws passed in accordance with the U.S. constitution to be enforced, and the government to force the "mandatory return of all criminal aliens" to their home countries.
The report advised the U.S. government to triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, conduct a nationwide e-verify to protect jobs for unemployed Americans and end birthright citizenship.
“All criminal aliens must be returned to their home countries, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries [that] will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally,” the report said.
3. “Put American workers first”
Immigration policies that have led to a declining manufacturing base and increases in low-skilled immigration in the last few decades have “destroyed” the middle class, Trump said, noting nearly 40 percent of black teenagers and about 30 percent of Hispanic teenagers are unemployed.
“The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working-class Americans -- including immigrants themselves and their children -- to earn a middle class wage,” the report said.
One of Trumps policy proposals for long-term reform includes an increase in the prevailing wage for those with H-1B visas. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers, instead of “flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” Trump said in the report.