Donald Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration and other controversial issues have drawn sharp criticism from Democrats and immigration advocates, who say he is pandering to white nationalists and racists.
Trump’s election victory has prompted calls for an end to mass deportation and the return of millions of undocumented immigrants.
On Sunday, Trump said: ‘If I have to come up with a plan to bring back all the people who are here illegally, that’s a problem.
It’s a very, very big problem.’
But he also called for an ‘open-door policy’, in which undocumented immigrants can apply for asylum and other relief from deportation.
He said: ‘.
we’re going to have to get them out of the country, because they’re going into the country illegally.
I mean, it’s a tremendous problem.
We’re going get them all out of here.
But we’re not going to let them come back.
That’s a big problem.
And we’re getting out of it very quickly.’
The comments, made in the middle of a campaign rally in Iowa, were greeted with condemnation from Democrats.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday denounced Trump’s remarks and called on him to stop pandering.
They said the presumptive Republican nominee was pandering not only to white supremacists, but also to a growing number of Republicans who are attracted to Trump’s message on immigration.
The Democratic National Committee on Sunday called on Trump to ‘rethink his strategy’ and to stop making ‘racist and xenophobic comments’.’
There are millions of Americans who are angry about the way Trump has treated them, and millions more who are fed up with his campaign,’ the DNC said in a statement.’
Trump needs to stop giving his voters false hope and instead, focus on creating a government that works for all Americans.