Trump meets Mexican President
Mexico City, Sep 1 (IANS) US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has defended his call for a wall on the Mexican border to “stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons” during his visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Trump on Wednesday said they did not discuss his plan to make Mexico pay for the wall – a central plank of his campaign.
“We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall. That’ll be for a later date. This was a very preliminary meeting,” EFE news quoted the magnate as saying during a joint press conference with Pena Nieto at the Mexican presidential mansion.
But Pena Nieto later tweeted: “I made it clear Mexico would not pay for the wall”.
The two men spoke after meeting privately.
“Cooperation toward achieving the shared objective – and it will be shared – of safety for all citizens is paramount, to both the US and to Mexico,” the magnate said.
The US presidential hopeful began by thanking Pena Nieto for the invitation and said that he and his host were “united by our support for democracy, a great love for our people and the contributions of millions of Mexican-Americans to the US.”
While offering no apology for his previous characterization of Mexican immigrants to the US as “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump spoke of his “great respect” for Mexican-Americans and “their strong values of family, faith and community”.
Ending illegal immigration was the first item on a list of “shared goals” Trump proposed for the US and Mexico.
“This is a humanitarian disaster. The dangerous treks, the abuse by gangs and cartels and the extreme physical dangers, and it must be solved, it must be solved quickly,” the Republican candidate said.
The statements from Pena Nieto and Trump were followed by a brief question-and-answer session with reporters.
Pena Nieto invited both Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to Mexico.
The Mexican president said during the press conference that he extended the invitations in the interest of promoting bilateral cooperation, expressing “absolute respect for the election process in the US”.
However, Pena Nieto has faced heavy criticism over inviting Trump to Mexico and holding talks.
Former President Vicente Fox told CNN: “We don’t like him. We don’t want him. We reject his visit.”
Former First Lady Margarita Zavala tweeted: “We Mexicans have dignity, and we reject your hate speech.”
At least two demonstrations have been planned in Mexico City.
Trump outlines extreme stand on immigration
Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has stated clearly that there would be “no amnesty” for undocumented immigrants living in the US and would be deported if he was elected in the November 8 elections.
“For those here illegally today who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined,” Trump said while delivering his major speech on immigration in Arizona on Wednesday night,
“There will be no amnesty,” CNN quoted the Manhattan real estate magnate as saying.
“People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalised — it’s not going to work that way. Those days are over,” Trump said.
He did not commit to deporting every undocumented immigrant living in the US as he previously had, but vowed that immigrants living in the US illegally would never have a path to legal status under his presidency, CNN noted.
Trump also pledged to create a “deportation task force” within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division “focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal aliens in America”.
“Maybe they’ll be able to deport her,” Trump said, joking the task force could deport his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Just hours after meeting with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier on Wednesday, Trump reasserted his pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and force Mexico to pay for the wall.
“Mexico will pay for the wall. 100 per cent. They don’t know it yet but they’re going to pay for the wall,” CNN quoted Trump as saying as his supporters roared.
The wall, Trump said, will be “beautiful” and “impenetrable” and will include high-tech technologies to prevent illegal border crossings.
However, Trump and Pena Nieto did not discuss who would pay for the wall during the mogul’s short visit.
“At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” CNN quoted Pena Nieto as saying later in a tweet.
Trump noted that any undocumented immigrants who are caught crossing into the US will be “detained until they are removed from our country” and sent back to their country of origin.