Donald Trump suggested that illegal immigrants with "merit" should be offered some sort of deal. "I'm a believer in the merit system," Trump said on a phone call this morning with MSNBC. "If somebody's been outstanding, we try and work something out."

The MSNBC host, Joe Scarborough, asked about the illegal immigrants already in this country, "Do we give them legalized status so they're not living in the shadows? Let them work but if they break the law send them back? What do we do?"

"Well the first thing we do is take the bad ones, of which there are unfortunately quite a few, we take the bad ones and get them the hell out. We get them out," said Trump. "We give them back to Mexico or make sure they stay or where they come from because they don't all come from Mexico. They come from other places. They use that border but they come from other places. We get them out and get them out fast. And we get them out permanently. That's a big thing because if you look at what's going on with big crime waves like Kate in San Francisco, pushed into our country five times and the fifth time he killed Kate. And you have many cases, you have hundreds and hundreds of cases like that. We have to get the bad ones out.

"Then the other ones -- and I'm a very big believer in merit syem, I have to tell you -- because some of these people have been here, they've done a good job. You know, in some cases sadly they've been living under the shadows, etc. etc. We have to do something. So whether it's merit or whether it's whatever, But I'm a believer in the merit system. If somebody's been outstanding, we try and work something out."