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Trump Returns to Anti-Immigrant Views in Arizona

September 2, 2016
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump. Yuri Cortez / AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump went to Mexico. He met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump was going to tell the Mexican president that, as the U.S. president, he would build a wall on the border. Mexico would pay for the wall.

Trump said he decided not to talk about Mexico paying for the wall. Peña Nieto later said, “I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.”

The trip to Mexico was to show that Trump is comfortable with foreign leaders. It did that. They took photos together. Trump said they talked about the economy and migrants coming to America.

The question remains: Has Trump changed his position on immigration? The answer is no. One of his aides said he is changing his words, not his views.

The trip also had a political purpose. Trump wanted to show he was thoughtful about immigration. This could help him get the vote of moderate Republicans. He then left Mexico and went to Phoenix, Arizona.

In Phoenix, he repeated the same kind of speech he has made before. He said Mexico will pay for the wall, “They don’t know it yet, and they are going to pay for it.” His tone on the issue had not softened.

Trump also said what he would do on his first day in office. He would deport the 2 million undocumented migrants who have criminal records. Criminal records can include arrests for any reason. He also said he would deport any undocumented person upon their arrest for any crime. He did not mention the right to due process.

Source: The Wall Street Journal September 1, 2016

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