NEW YORK, Ny. – Republican presidential candidate and billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump touted the need for a “lasting resolution” to the country’s ongoing immigration problem during an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning.
“This country needs a comprehensive policy in place to halt illegal immigration and keep anyone who’s previously been deported from coming back,” Trump said. Touching on “Operation Wetback,” a controversial 1950’s deportation policy which Mr. Trump has voiced strong support for, the GOP’s leading candidate proposed a solution that he would “immediately” implement if elected.
Trump’s plan takes the “positive” aspects from a number of previous immigration policies dating back to the start of World War II, including the internment of Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In order to deport the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, “we need to have an established system in place. That means opening relocation centers in our border states,” Mr. Trump said.
“As president, I’ll issue an executive order -similar to Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, authorizing the armed forces to work in conjunction with our immigration services to better expedite the deportation of these individuals,” Trump said, adding that he plans to crate a new federal agency, based off the now-defunct War Relocation Authority, to handle the deportation process.
“Obviously we’ll have a system in place to determine who’s who,” Trump said, continuing, “whether or not they have ties to ISIS or another extremist group, or they’re involved in drug trafficking. At this point, under the current administration, we really don’t know who any of these people are.”
“Ideally we’ll have a seasoned deportation force operating these relocation centers. People familiar with this type of environment, familiar with border security, national security, threat assessment, that sort of thing,” Trump explained. “We’re talking military police, intelligence specialists, people who worked with the detainees at Guantanamo.”
Trump’s plan includes a “revolutionary” method for locating and tracking individuals who have been or are scheduled to be deported from the United States. “Specialists will implant a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip into the upper right arm of every individual who passes through one of these relocation centers,” Trump said, continuing, “This allows us to track their movements virtually anywhere in the world, in real-time.”
Apart from the economy, immigration is seen as one of the biggest issues facing the stability of the country. Presidential candidates on both sides of the spectrum have argued for stricter legislation regulating the flow of immigrants into the U.S., particularly those coming from the Middle East, who many Americans view as a looming threat due in part to Islamic extremism.