US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted that Mexico will pay for the building of a border wall ‘100%’, in a major immigration speech.
He told a crowd in Arizona that he would secure the border and hinted at deporting millions of illegal immigrants.
Trump had met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto just hours earlier but said they did not discuss the financing of the wall.
The president then later insisted that he had told Trump that Mexico would not pay.
There had been speculation that the Republican candidate would back off his plan to deport the estimated 11m undocumented immigrants living in the US.
In his speech in Phoenix, there were conflicting signals about this. He said their fate was not a “core issue” and that deporting “criminal aliens” would be the priority.
“We will treat everyone living or residing in our country with great dignity,” he said.
He then later added: “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws.”
In Trump’s fiery Arizona speech he said he would:
- Create a “special deportation force” focused on removing immigrants arrested (not convicted) for crimes
- Cut off any path to citizenship and insisted those seeking legal status must return to their own countries first
- Introduce “extreme vetting” of immigrants to make sure they adhered to American values
- Protect the interests of African American and Hispanic workers by restricting legal immigration numbers
- Get tough on people who overstay their visas, making them subject to deportation
Source: Sky News
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)