Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with MSNBC on Monday that most illegals who come to the U.S. are "good people," but that he believes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently raised an important issue about crime.
Giuliani, who called Trump a friend and a "very good man," said that he believes the businessman could have better stated his controversial comments about illegal immigrants during his June 16 campaign announcement, but that Trump did hit on a viable point.
"Most of the people who come in ... come in to work," Giuliani said. "Because people can come in illegally — terrorists, drug dealers, rapists, murderers, all of whom I've prosecuted at one time or another are able to get in, so I would have said it differently, but I do think he's got on to an issue that is important, which is making our borders secure and we have failed at that."
The ex-mayor said that this isn't only President Barack Obama's fault, as it's been a problem for quite some time, though he added that the 400,000 illegals in New York City during his administration actually "committed crime at a lesser percentage than our own people do."
But despite his belief that most illegal immigrants are good people who abide by the law, Giuliani said that there's still much to worry about.
"If a few of them can set off bombs, if a few of them can kill people like one did over the weekend, if a few of them can rape people, then what are we doing? We're doing something other countries don't do," he said. "You can't get into Mexico without being identified, but you can get from Mexico to the U.S. without being identified."
Watch Giuliani's comments below:
Trump has done anything but back away from his comments about illegal immigration during his campaign announcement on June 16, doubling down in a statement that he issued on Monday.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”