Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus backed Donald Trump's immigration plan Thursday, saying that "no one wants to do anything but be humane and fair" than the nominee on the plight of 11 million illegals in the United States.
"No one should be coming here illegally," Priebus told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.
"It's all bad. We have a problem in the country where we have, they say, 11 million people and what will we do about it.
"One of the things we have to do first is secure the border, and then find and eradicate the bad elements as soon as possible — and then finally deal with the folks that still remain after all of those things are done," he said.
Trump announced a sweeping immigration agenda Wednesday in Arizona hours after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City.
Core to the nominee's plan would be a wall along the southern U.S. border that Mexico would pay for — along with a "deportation task force" that would be reinforced by more immigration officers and at least 5,000 border patrol agents.
The program also would include no legalization or amnesty for aliens already in the country.
"We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate," Trump said at the Phoenix Convention Center.
"Sometimes it is not going to work out."
Priebus dismissed concerns about the harshness of Trump's speech and noted that his plan to have further discussions about those remaining in the United States after criminal illegals were removed and other steps were implemented.
"What he said in the speech that I think got lost was then, and only then, we will have a humane conversation about what to do about the folks here that are left," he said. "The disposition of those remaining.
"Somehow or another, no one is talking about that piece."
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