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Donald Trump has announced he will develop a tracking system to help authorities control immigration.

Speaking on the campaign trail in Iowa, the Republican presidential nominee outlined what he called an “entry-exit” program, which would track those who overstay their visas.

Donald Trump also reiterated his support for building a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

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The New York businessman said he would stop illegal immigrants getting welfare benefits.

“I am going to build a great border wall, institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements, and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed,” Donald Trump said.

“If we don’t enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border – it’s as simple as that,” he added.

Immigration was a central issue in Donald Trump’s primary campaign.

Earlier this week, the controversial Republican signaled he would soften his immigration plans.

Instead of deporting all 11 million people living illegally in the United States as he had suggested before, Donald Trump said only criminals would go.

Donald Trump was immediately criticized by the right of the Republican party, with Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin warning him of “massive disappointment” if he backed down on his plan to deport undocumented immigrants.