At an event in Iowa Saturday, Donald Trump continued to be vague about his comprehensive immigration plan, but promised he would deport “criminal illegal immigrants” within an hour of being sworn in as president.
“We are going to get rid of the criminals and it’s going to happen within one hour after I take office, we start, okay?” Trump said according to a report from the Washington Post. “In this task, we will always err on the side of protecting the American people. We will use immigration law to prevent crimes.”
Trump’s statement came after several flip flops this week. Last weekend it was reported that Trump told hispanic leaders at a private meeting that he would consider giving immigrants in the country illegally a path to legalization. That position was contrary to the mass deportation plan he had run on in the Republican primary. Then later in the week, Trump said that individuals would have to return to their home countries before being allowed back in adding to confusion.
On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Trump did say he would strengthen the country’s E-verify system as well as put forth other plans to track immigrants coming in and out of the country. His plan for what to do with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country remains unclear.