PHOENIX — GOP presidential nominee
While his speech reinforced ideas he has promoted in the past, such as his signature proposal to build a border wall at Mexico's expense, he enumerated his ideas in a 10-point plan.
That plan, he said, "if rigorously followed and enforced, will accomplish more in a matter of months than our politicians have accomplished on this issue in the last 50 years."
Point One: The Wall
“We will build a great wall along the southern border," Trump said.
“And Mexico will pay for the wall. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall. Great people and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall."
Trump said he would build a wall that was tall, impenetrable and beautiful.
“We will use the best technology,” he said, “including above and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance, to supplement the wall.”
Trump said he believed Mexico would help with his plan that he said would stop criminal cartels.
“Especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today,” Trump said, “they want to solve this problem along with us, and I’m sure they will.”
Point Two: End 'catch and release'
Trump said he would require any immigrants caught committing crimes be held until deportation, rather than being released to await hearings.
"Anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are moved out of our country," Trump said, "and back to the country from which they came."
Trump also said that deported immigrants will not be dropped at border towns, but placed deep within their countries of origin.
"We will take them great distances," Trump said.
Point Three: Zero tolerance for 'criminal aliens'
Trump said that according to "federal data," there were approximately 2 million "criminal aliens" in the United States.
He said there would be an operation to remove those individuals from the country. It would be a joint operation among federal and local law enforcement, he said.
"Police and law enforcement, they know who these people are," he said. "They live with these people. They get mocked by these people."
Trump said the roundup would be quick. “Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone,” Trump said. “And you can call it deported if you want. ...You can call it whatever the hell you want. They’re gone.”
Trump said any illegal immigrant arrested “for any crime whatsoever" would be placed in removal proceedings.
He said he would restore programs, namely Secure Communities and 287(g), that deputized police officers to act in a limited capacity as immigration agents.
He also said he would triple the number of immigration offices.
He said his deportation task force would stop immigrants from evading justice. “Just like
Point Four: Block funding for 'sanctuary cities'
Trump said he would end federal funding for any “sanctuary cities,” those places that he said don’t cooperate with federal agencies on enforcing immigration laws.
"They won't receive taxpayer dollars," he said.
Point Five: Cancel Obama executive orders on immigration
Trump said he would end deferred-action programs put in place through executive orders by President Obama. Trump called those programs unconstitutional.
One program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, remains in place. Another that would have applied to parents of those immigrants was stopped by federal courts.
Trump decried those programs as amnesty. "And how about all the millions who are waiting in line going through the process legally?" he said. "So unfair."
Point Six: Suspend visas from certain countries with inadequate screenings
Trump said he would stop issuing visas to any countries "where adequate screening cannot occur."
Trump said those nations would include Syria and Libya.
Part of that plan, he said, would involve “extreme vetting.” He said that would include ideological tests where applicants would be asked their attitudes toward women and gay people and whether they adhered to “radical Islam.”
“Very, very few will slip through the cracks,” he said. “Hopefully none.”
Point Seven: Ensure countries take back immigrants the United States deports
Trump said there were countries that refuse to accept immigrants the country wishes to remove.
Courts have ruled that those immigrants must be released into the United States, Trump said.
Trump cited a Boston Globe report that said 13,000 immigrants, from 2008 to 2014, were released into U.S. cities because their home countries would not take them.
Point Eight: Complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system
Trump said that people who overstay their visas "pose a substantial threat to our national security."
He said people issued a temporary visa must leave when that visa has expired.
"We must send a message that visa expiration dates will be strongly enforced," he said.
Point Nine: Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet
Trump said he would expand use of the employment-verification system, E-Verify. He also would stop what he said was the issuance of benefits such as food stamps to people in the country illegally.
Point 10: Reform legal immigration
Trump said he would reform the immigration system to “serve the best interests of workers.”
Trump said he would bring jobs back to the United States and punish companies that tried to move operations to other countries. “There will be consequences,” he said.
Trump said he would use what he called a “peace dividend” resulting from his program to rebuild the country’s inner cities.
Trump said those currently in the country illegally would have “one route” to legal status: “to return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else" under the rules of his new system.
He said that several years from now, after his plan would be in place and illegal immigration had been stopped, "then and only then will we be in a position to consider the appropriate disposition of those individuals who remain."
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