Obama calls Trump’s plan to deport illegal immigrants unrealistic: ABC

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U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

November 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants is unrealistic.

“The notion that we’re gonna deport 11, 12 million people from this country – first of all, I have no idea where Mr. Trump thinks the money’s gonna come from. It would cost us hundreds of billions of dollars to execute that,” Obama said in a White House interview with ABC News, according to excerpts released by the network.

“Imagine the images on the screen flashed around the world as we were dragging parents away from their children, and putting them in what, detention centers, and then systematically sending them out,” the president said. “Nobody thinks that is realistic. But more importantly, that’s not who we are as Americans.”

Trump, a real estate billionaire who has been leading in opinion polls among candidates for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election, calls for deporting all illegal immigrants and has said he would get the Mexican government to pay for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The immigration issue has driven a wedge between Hispanics, a voting bloc with increasing clout, and Republicans, many of whom take a hard line on illegal immigration, to the benefit of Obama’s fellow Democrats. Most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are Hispanic.

Obama said there has always been a streak of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. “We don’t want, I think, a president or any person in a position of leadership to play on those kinds of fears,” he told ABC.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the Mexican government would not build or pay for Trump’s proposed wall, CNN said.

The network said when Kerry was asked about the proposal in an interview on CNN’s Farid Zakaria GPS program, he replied: “I knew you were trying to drag me right into the middle of the presidential politics … I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Mexico is not going to build that wall.”

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chris Reese and Tom Brown)

  • btw

    Unrealistic huh?You mean like “free college for everyone in the US”?Everything Obama does seems unrealistic to anyone with common sense.BTW

  • Why are you sending the 1st Calvary…101st airborne…and Third Infantry Division back into Iraq this spring President Obama.
    These units are slated to deploy through Kuwait right back into the combat zone in Iraq.

    But you want to keep our borders open…flooding this country with potential terrorist threats like what just happened in Paris France???

    Yet you are planning on sending our kids right back into body bag Iraq because having an open border and letting in these same terrorists into the United States is more humane??? This open border policy needs no troops to defend the United States Borders…but you will send in our children to protect oil interests in the Middle East…while killing the Keystone Pipeline and self sufficiency in oil supplies in the United States???
    What drugs did you use in the back of the library at Harvard?

  • TP

    Obama is costing the US tax payers billions a year by allowing “Illegal” immigrants to continue to come into this country unchecked. If you cut the benefits and inform the law of the land the illegals will quit coming and then send the rest home.
    Line them up at the boarder crossings and send them back to Mexico where they crossed the boarder ‘ILLEGALLY’

  • richard jung

    No court ruling has ever been made declaring the children of ILLEGAL ALIENS to be US citizens. Wong Kim was granted his citizenship based on the fact that he was born in the USA of parents that were LEGALLY in the US at the time of his birth and thus had LEGAL residency. The same cannot be said of illegal aliens that owe their allegiance to a foreign power.

  • steve

    2 distinct differences: Trump wants to restore order and greatness to America, where Obama just wants to destroy the country

    • Mixxy

      I do believe Trump has good intentions, which Obama does not. But I don’t think it is possible to deport all illegals without trampling on the rights of some actual American citizens (who are their children). We need to lock down the border, yes, and we need to stop groups like La Raza, who are anti-American, but we do need all the other Hispanics in this country, to keep out birthrate above the 2.1 replacement level if nothing else. And they are overwhelmingly Christian, unlike all the Muslims Obama is letting in (legally).

  • Mixxy

    To be honest, Obama is right in that Trump’s plan IS unrealistic. But Obama’s own immigration policy is equally unrealistic. The answer lies somewhere between those two insane extremes.

  • gb

    To Obama,anything is unrealistic unless it’s his idea. He’s got no cohones, and knows that if he supported such a bill that his party would be on the way out. He’s a shameful man, pushing around his executive power with no regard for the constitution or what’s right for the real citizens of the U.S. They’re ways to become a legalized citizen the right way.

    Again, term limits for the Supreme Court Justices, House and Senate, budget limits on campaign spending and the end of Super Pacs will help. Unfortunately, our citizens don’t care enough to dig deep into the actual bills being passed and rely on what the left wing media tells them, and the liberal b.s. of paying for all their woes.

    We are nothing more than a lazy nation with no integrity, and expectations of free rides. It’s truly pathetic. All of the social programs are not needed, some are, but the majority aren’t. Get the non-violent criminals and all those on welfare doing the jobs they seem to be above like picking the fruit, cleaning up around town, etc, to earn their keep, and don’t let illegals have a reason to come over here for jobs. Also, take away the citizenship for all babies born in this country, unless their parents are full fledged citizens. Think of the money we wast every year having Spanish speaking classes for the kids who don’t know English and the cost involved for providing those classes, and benefit with all the social programs that they are not entitled to. It’s mind blowing, and the Dems just keep the tide rolling.

    America will be suffering what Greece and other EU nations are facing right now, especially when the Yuan becomes a dominant currency worldwide, which the Chinese are hell bent on seeing happen. The Fed will have a fight on their hands when this takes place. See you at the bottom, as the taxpayers will once again be on the hook for bailing out whatever the next bubble is, which will be the student loans. You’re already seeing those cracks with these idiot Millenials wanting a free ride to college. College isn’t meant for everyone. A C student should be going to college, as the loans they’ll rack up will never be paid, because theres always someone smarter to take the job they want that pays better. People need to realize this and find their place in society. Learn a good trade and go earn decent money. Sure you wont get the McMansion, but if you’re smart, stay debt free, and live within your means, you’ll live a happier life without worry, and with time to help those less fortunate. Colleges just want you cash, nothing more. They could care less about you. Take responsibility for what’s best for YOU and follow the path that you are worthy of doing well. Theirs no disrespect for that, and I actually find that quite admirable.

    • LATINA FOR TRUMP

      I totally agree with your last lines regarding higher education. A degree is wonderful if that is what you want, but it is not needed to be successful. Just a few successful people in recent decades without degrees. Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, & Bill Gates.

  • chris m.

    Tell you what, mr. nobama, YOU are the one that has been unrealistic for almost 8 years to America, your goals for our country have been horrific. You do not have a clue in regards to people that do have a vision for a strong America. These top republican candidates speak clear to us, and have the CAN DO attitude and sincere belief to turn your mess around to a positive.

  • sc

    obummer is afraid that Trump’s plan will work. obummer is use to doing illegal acts — now, WE have to clean up his mess.

  • Rev G

    As usual the conman in chief is spewing garbage. You better believe we can send the illegals packing and will. That includes the mass migration he is trying to pull off from Africa and Asia. The illegals and his Muslims have to be stopped or we will lose this country and Obamas dream of making us a third world crap hole will be realized.

    • LATINA FOR TRUMP

      I think Trump has the guts to do it. Everyone has said it can’t be done … but for a man that thinks outside of the box, anything is possible.

  • Jean Jobe

    How much does Obama think it’s costing for the US to pay for them to stay on Medicaid. Much of their money earned is sent back to Mexico.

  • NAMPHONGMARINE

    Since when is Obama worried about spending tax dollars? Certainly not when sending Michelle and the kids on vacation. Besides a large portion of those illegals are in federal prisons not supporting families. Obfuscation and subterfuge.

  • BTW

    There is actualy a much simpler,more practical approach,that is already in our Congress.There is a bill languishing in Congress right now called E-verify(jobs protection act),what this bill would do,if it becomes law is require all employers in the US to cross check the social security numbers of all present and potential employees with social security to make sure they are who they claim to be.If the social security # is not their’s,they are terminated,if they are a potential employee,they are not hired,this bill would take away the incentive to come here,and is a very simple process.Some states already have a form of E-verify,but that’s not enough,it needs to be passed as federal law.Why our congress is not moving this much needed legislation,I do not know.BTW

    • BTW

      At least Trump is thinking in the right direction though.BTW

      • LATINA FOR TRUMP

        You’ve made a great point regarding employers’ responsibility. If it is true that there are people waiting in line to come here legally, then the employers will have no problem replacing those who leave. And what I understand, many who come have the intention of going home eventually with a sizable savings after all of their sacrifices here to fulfill their dreams of a home on the beach. Nobody comes here without a plan.

        • gb

          Totally agree. The next step, though, would be to immediately expel them from the country.