Donald Trump hardens in immigration speech: "Mexico will pay for the wall"
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News August 31, 2016 Updated: 8:33 PM
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump hours after his surprise visit to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, reassured supporters in Phoenix Wednesday night that Mexico will in fact pay for a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We will build a great wall along the southern border,” Trump said, to cheers of “Build that wall!” from the crowd. “And Mexico will pay for the wall —100 percent.”
“They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall,” he added. “And they’re great people, and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall.”
Trump listed a number of cases where Americans had been attacked or killed by "illegal immigrants," which Trump used as an arguments against what he often referred to as the "open borders" of the U.S.
"Countless Americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration and the administration that causes this horrible, horrible thought process. It is called Hillary Clinton," he said.
"We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. Sometimes it is not going to work out. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us," Trump said.
Trump talked about the deportation force that he plans to create, saying that the first priority would be removing criminals. In explaining the targets, he took a shot at Clinton.
"Within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), I am going to create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and quickly removing the dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice, just like Hillary Clinton has evaded justice, okay? Maybe they'll be able to deport her," he said.
Trump promised again to institute what he calls “extreme vetting” that would bar immigrants from countries that pose a security threat, such as Syria and Libya. This would include questioning prospective immigrants about whether they believe in "honor killings" against women and radical Islam.
"We have no idea who they are," he said of refugees entering from such places. "It's going to end badly folks. It's going to end badly."
In some cases undocumented immigrants are treated "better than our vets. Not going to happen any more folks. November 8."
In Cincinnati, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, ripped Trump's visit to Mexico before he got there.
“It certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again,” she said.