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Donald Trump vows to remove millions living in country illegally

Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2016, 14:03

True to Trump's flair for the dramatic, the trip south of the border will guarantee news coverage for the NY businessman and former reality TV star.

"Mexican people have felt hurt by the comments that have been made".

Bloomberg said Trump had "returned to form". describing his offering as a "nativist immigration plan, definitively ruling out legal status for undocumented immigrants as well as proposing to building a wall on the southern border of the United States and forcing Mexico to cover the cost".

Some Mexican officials also privately expressed reservations about the meeting with one former diplomat saying Pena Nieto had done Trump's campaign a favor.

The president later insisted he had told Mr Trump Mexico would not pay.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an immigration policy speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Phoenix.

Trump trails Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in most opinion polls nationally and in most battleground states with 10 weeks to go until the election.

"Mexico will work with us, I really believe it", Trump said.

"It certainly takes more than trying to make up for more than a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again", she told a convention of the American Legion military veterans' group in Cincinnati.

Trump's rhetoric would have fit right in during the Republican primary. And just last week, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui released an investigation showing that Pena Nieto had plagiarised his 1991 undergraduate thesis at the Panamerican University. "I respect him for that", Trump told CNN later.

"His policy stances could represent a huge threat to Mexico and I am not prepared to keep my arms crossed and do nothing", Pena Nieto said.

"Mexico looks weak as a country wanting to receive. bullies, abusers, those who discriminate and confront". He said there would be mandatory detention for anyone apprehended at the border, and tougher action on countries that refuse to take back their citizens.

The Republican presidential nominee firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that "no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement".

The last-minute trip contrasts with the usual style of foreign visits at the presidential level, which are long-planned and carefully scripted.

The protesters shared a frustration and anger at the last-minute visit, which comes on the heels of a scandal revealing that Pena Nieto plagiarised his undergraduate university thesis.

After leaving Mexico, Trump is scheduled to make a speech on immigration at 6 p.m. MST (0100 GMT on Thursday) in Phoenix, Arizona, a state at the heart of the debate over the US border.

"Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation", he said, adding: "There will be no amnesty".

Trump said he would suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening can not occur, suggesting "extreme vetting" as part of the screening process that would also include an "ideological certification", confirming from prospective immigrants if they would uphold US values by asking their opinions on such issues as honor killings, respect for women, gays and minorities and attitudes toward "radical Islam" as Trump put it.

The disappearance of 43 college students from Guerrero state remains unresolved nearly two years later, along with the Casa Blanca scandal that implicated Pena Nieto in shady business deals with government contractors. "It was an excellent meeting", Trump said.

The candidate also devoted considerable time in his landmark speech to the millions of illegal immigrants already in the US.