Conservative columnist Ann Coulter told a local Phoenix news station Thursday she would use a "deportation force" to remove the estimated 11 million individuals inside the U.S. illegally.
The remarks came when Coulter, who was promoting her new book, was pressed by KSAZ-TV anchor Troy Hayden.
"How would you deport all these people?" he asked.
"God bless Donald Trump. He mentioned it. Dwight Eisenhower did it using 1950's technology. I mean everyone acts like there's a time limit. Well, no. You start your deportation force, you start deporting them," Coulter replied. "And they get the message."
"Well, you knock on the door? How do you find them?" Hayden asked.
"Look up Dwight Eisenhower's. It was called 'Operation Wetback.' He started at the border, the troops moved north, they knew the businesses and they knew the homes. They went in and deported them," said Coulter, who is known for being brash.
"And by the way, Donald Trump, yeah he's right, you should go after the criminals. I'd go after the law abiding ones to send the message. Law abiding! They are not law abiding if they are illegal immigrants," she added. "They get the message and then you do what Mitt Romney was saying: enforce e-verify. Make sure only Americans can get jobs. They get the message. They leave on their own."
Coulter's comments widely echo those from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Earlier that day, he promised a "massive deportation force" during an MSNBC appearance.
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