Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Trump Vows to Fix US Immigration System With Harsh Measures

Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2016, 14:56

But Trump didn't address what he would do about millions more who might remain under his approach - the major question that has frustrated past congressional attempts at remaking the nation's immigration laws.

By asserting authority to pick and choose immigrants, Trump was defending some of his most controversial campaign proposals - including a ban on Muslims, which he called for and has not yet disavowed, and a more targeted restriction on immigrants from countries that don't satisfy his vetting requirements.

Even though Mr Trump and Mexico's president appeared to end their meeting on good terms, Mr Peña Nieto later said some of the policies detailed in the Republican's speech represented a threat to Mexico. Then, in one final shake-up hours before he was set to deliver it, Trump announced the trip to Mexico.

PHOENIX (AP) - Donald Trump is retreating from his vow to deport the nation's entire population of people living in the country illegally, even as he sticks with an aggressive tone on illegal immigration and remains committed to building a physical wall along the us border with Mexico.

Trump also said he would terminate two "illegal" executive amnesties issued by President Barack Obama that offerws residency to almost 5 million undocumented immigrants. "We didn't discuss payment of the wall", Trump said.

The billionaire candidate's plan includes deporting immigrants with criminal records, cancelling President Barack Obama's executive orders protecting millions of undocumented migrants, and blocking federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that bar discrimination against undocumented workers.

But Mr Pena Nieto contradicted the Republican nominee, saying the wall plan was mentioned and that it was "made clear" to Mr Trump Mexico would not fund the construction. Did anyone even discuss Mexico paying for the wall? The Mexican leader's office confirmed the meeting with its own tweet, saying the two men would meet privately. Trump said Mexico will pay for his proposed wall and that, "they just don't know it yet". Against the backdrop of grand diplomatic pageantry, Trump lavished praise on America's southern neighbor and pointedly avoided insisting publicly that Mexico pay for the wall he's pledged to build along the U.S. -Mexico border.

- "Former President Vicente Fox, who is railing against my visit to Mexico today, also invited me when he apologized for using the 'f bomb.' " Trump tweeted.

Pena Nieto cast a different tone late Tuesday, writing on Twitter of the visit, "I believe in dialogue to promote Mexico's interests in the world and, principally, to protect Mexicans wherever they are".

Trump's "America First" positions are aimed at rallying middle-class people who feel they have lost jobs to illegal immigrants or to the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

Trump criticized his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her promises of a "radical amnesty" and stressed that he will "break the cycle of amnesty" if elected president.

Pena Nieto had likened Trump to dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini earlier this year.

Here's a look back at some of Trump's more memorable comments on Mexico this campaign - and how the country's leaders responded.

He referred to Pena Nieto as a "wonderful, wonderful president", but reaffirmed the pledge he had not repeated in Mexico: "They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall".

"It turns out Trump didn't just choke", said Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in a statement, "he got beat in the room and lied about it". Earlier this summer, Trump traveled to Scotland to attend the re-opening of one of his golf resorts, but notably didn't meet with any United Kingdom political leaders while there.

The Republican presidential candidate met with the Mexican president and spoke about his top priorities for Mexico if he becomes United States president.

Trump was cheered in Arizona, but his appearance in Mexico sparked anger and protests.