Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Trump vows to remove millions living in country illegally

Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2016, 13:19

However, the central question facing Trump was how he would treat the majority of the 11 million illegal immigrants who have set down roots in their communities and obeyed USA laws, an issue that has bedeviled the immigration debate for years. "We don't even know what we're getting", Trump said in an interview, further clarifying his initial remarks.

Trump also said he would crack down on 23 countries that he said now don't take back citizens who the USA deports.

Mr Trump opened his much anticipated speech on illegal immigration in Arizona to say it was America's "right" as a sovereign nation to select immigrants that will "thrive and flourish and love us". And the laws that Trump wants enforced are, in some cases, laws Clinton has backed. And some moderate Republicans have cautiously embraced Trump's apparent tone shift. He said in his speech in Phoenix that the topic did not come up when he spoke with President Pena Nieto, the very same thing he told reporters in Mexico.

Trump has promised, if elected, to deport millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally, force Mexico to pay for the construction of a wall to secure the almost 2,000-mile border and renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement to make it more favorable to the United States. "That'll be for a later date", Trump said during a press conference following the meeting. He asks the crowd who will pay for the wall, and supporters shout back, "Mexico!"

"We are also going to secure our border and stop the drugs from pouring in and destroying our country", he said.

The Trump campaign described the visit as "the first part of the discussion and a relationship builder", not a negotiation.

- "FMR PRES of Mexico, Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall".

"Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me", Trump said in Phoenix.

After 14 months of campaigning on platitudes, Donald Trump finally tried to add some substance to his immigration policy on Wednesday night with a lengthy speech that laid out a 10-point plan to "make America safe again".

Trump has whipsawed over whether he would truly attempt to deport the estimated 11 million immigrants who are here illegally, as he promised during the primary.

Pena Nieto did say that Mexicans felt "aggrieved" and had disagreements with Trump, but most felt that it was not enough. Trump assuaged them saying legal status will be given through "one route, and one route only". "We will find them, we will get them out".

The tycoon failed to outline what he would do with those who have not committed crimes beyond their immigration offences - a sharp retreat after earlier promises to create a "deportation force" to remove the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the USA illegally.

Then about two hours after the joint appearance, Peña Nieto tweeted that he had in fact said at the beginning of their conversation that Mexico would not be paying for the wall.

"I have tremendous feeling for Mexican-Americans", said Trump, who has publicly criticized a federal judge for his Mexican heritage.

Pena Nieto has been sharply critical of Trump's immigration policies, particularly the Republican's plans to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it.

"He wasn't softening on anything.

He didn't change his stance on anything", Donald Trump, Jr. told Cooper on Monday, adding that Trump's policy on deportations has "been the same".

In Phoenix, Trump said his speech would be "a little bit different". "They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall". Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer and the father of the late Humayun Khan, powerfully hit Trump during his speech and Trump responded by questioning his family's motives.

Trump's immigration speech comes as he is trailing Clinton in most national polling. "I respect him for that", Trump told CNN later.

Trump maintained contact in the race even as he wasted weeks flailing in his own psychodrama, allowing an efficient but undynamic Clinton campaign to build real leads own a number of battleground states, spending massively while Trump spent next to nothing.

"What we saw was a respectful attitude and discourse from Donald Trump", presidential spokesman Eduardo Sanchez had said earlier, arguing that progress was made on the issue of trade after prior threats by Trump to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump is trailing Clinton in opinion polls and the NY businessman's aides hoped the trip would make him look presidential and show he was willing to deal head-on with thorny issues such as relations with Mexico.