Trump promises to build wall, but Mexican president says Mexico won’t pay
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump traveled to Mexico today to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and later gave a fiery speech on immigration in Arizona.
In his Arizona speech, Trump restated his position in opposition to amnesty and in favor of deportation of illegal immigrants and said that Mexico would pay for the construction of a wall even if they “don’t know it yet.”
But Peña Nieto said that Mexico would not pay for the wall, and that some of Trump’s statements in his speech amounted to “threats” to Mexico.
Trump said in his speech that “I will enforce all of our immigration laws.”
“The same goes for government benefits,” he said. “The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants used some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs, like food stamps or housing assistance. This directly violates the federal public charge law designed to protect the U.S. treasury.
“Those who abuse our welfare system will be priorities for removal,” he said.
Analysts on CNN and MSNBC said Trump’s speech probably reinforced his support among white males but did nothing to increase his support among women and minorities who make up an increasing percentage of the American electorate.
–The Hagstrom Report