On August 31, 2016, Donald Trump, after returning from a fruitless trip to Mexico, gave his much anticipated immigration speech in Phoenix, AZ.
Many of Trump’s hardline, white nationalist supporters had been wondering if their candidate had abandoned them, as Trump had recently been discussing a so-called “softening” on immigration, something which caused immigrant-bashing author Ann Coulter to go apoplectic on Twitter.
As it turns out, their fears were unfounded, as Trump made a return to form in Arizona, calling for the removal of “criminal aliens,” trotting out the parents of Americans killed by undocumented immigrants, and joking about deporting his Democratic opponent.
Trump declared that both President Obama and Hillary Clinton have “engaged in gross dereliction of duty” because they supposedly “surrender[ed] the safety of the American people to open borders.”
The President and former Secretary of State “support the release of dangerous, dangerous, dangerous criminals from detention” he told his raucous audience. And that’s not all. Clinton supports “sanctuary cities” and the resettlement of additional refugees. “I always say Trojan horse,” he warned. “Watch what’s going to happen, folks. It’s not going to be pretty.” (Transcript courtesy of The New York Times.)
President Obama and Hillary Clinton have engaged in gross dereliction of duty by surrendering the safety of the American people to open borders, and you know it better than anybody right here in Arizona. You know it.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton support sanctuary cities. They support catch and release on the border. They support visa overstays. They support the release of dangerous, dangerous, dangerous, criminals from detention. And they support unconstitutional executive amnesty.
Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare for illegal immigrants, breaking the federal budget.
On top of that she promises uncontrolled, low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for American workers, and especially for African-American and Hispanic workers within our country. Our citizens.
Most incredibly, because to me this is unbelievable, we have no idea who these people are, where they come from. I always say Trojan horse. Watch what’s going to happen, folks. It’s not going to be pretty.
This includes her plan to bring in 620,000 new refugees from Syria and that region over a short period of time. And even yesterday, when you were watching the news, you saw thousands and thousands of people coming in from Syria. What is wrong with our politicians, our leaders if we can call them that. What the hell are we doing?
Trump reinforced his previous calls for a massive wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, one which the Mexicans themselves would pay for, even if they “don’t know it yet.” He boasted of the security features it would entail — below ground sensors, towers, surveillance — and vowed to end the “catch and release” program. There would be “zero tolerance for criminal aliens,” he said.
Number one, are you ready? Are you ready?
We will build a great wall along the southern border.
And Mexico will pay for the wall.
One hundred percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it. And they’re great people and great leaders but they’re going to pay for the wall.
On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, power, beautiful southern border wall.
We will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors that’s the tunnels. Remember that, above and below.
Above and below ground sensors. Towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels and Mexico you know that, will work with us. I really believe it. Mexico will work with us. I absolutely believe it. And especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today. I really believe they want to solve this problem along with us, and I’m sure they will.
Number two, we are going to end catch and release. We catch them, oh go ahead. We catch them, go ahead.
Under my administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came.
And they’ll be brought great distances. We’re not dropping them right across. They learned that. President Eisenhower. They’d drop them across, right across, and they’d come back. And across.
Then when they flew them to a long distance, all of a sudden that was the end. We will take them great distances. But we will take them to the country where they came from, O.K.?
Number three. Number three, this is the one, I think it’s so great. It’s hard to believe, people don’t even talk about it. Zero tolerance for criminal aliens. Zero. Zero.
Zero. They don’t come in here. They don’t come in here.
According to federal data, there are at least two million, two million, think of it, criminal aliens now inside of our country, two million people criminal aliens. We will begin moving them out day one. As soon as I take office. Day one. In joint operation with local, state, and federal law enforcement.
Now, just so you understand, the police, who we all respect — say hello to the police. Boy, they don’t get the credit they deserve. I can tell you. They’re great people. But the police and law enforcement, they know who these people are.
They live with these people. They get mocked by these people. They can’t do anything about these people, and they want to. They know who these people are. Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone.
And you can call it deported if you want. The press doesn’t like that term. You can call it whatever the hell you want. They’re gone.
Beyond the two million, and there are vast numbers of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled, but their days have run out in this country. The crime will stop. They’re going to be gone. It will be over.
Trump also promised to triple of ICE officers — his own “deportation task force” — and joked that, perhaps, they would “be able to deport her.
We’re going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers.
Within ICE I am going to create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice just like Hillary Clinton has evaded justice, O.K.?
Maybe they’ll be able to deport her.