Straight talking Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said he would deport all undocumented immigrants and rescind President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration if elected.
He made the remarks in an interview with NBC News that will be broadcast on Sunday.
"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump said on NBC's "Meet the Press," according to an excerpt released by the media giant late Saturday.
Host Chuck Todd asked about illegal immigrants who have nowhere else to go, to which Trump said: "We will work with them."
"They have to go ... we either have a country, or we don't have a country," he went on to say.
Trump, 69, also said he would need to rescind President Obama's executive orders on immigration, notably one that protects children of parents who came to the country illegally from deportation.
Currently sitting at the top of opinion polls among the 17 Republican contenders, the real estate mogul and television personality has stirred controversy with his provocative stances on illegal immigration. He has described undocumented migrants from Mexico as rapists and criminals.
The United States has an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living within its borders.