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Trump Takes On Undocumented Immigrants, Saves Some Barbs For Bush In Phoenix

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Trump Takes On Undocumented Immigrants, Saves Some Barbs For Bush In Phoenix

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By Ros Krasny, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Mexicans flow into the United States “like water” and “are killing us at the border,” making good on a vow that he won’t moderate his attacks on U.S. immigration policy.

Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality television host, saved some barbs for President Barack Obama’s administration, fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush, the media, and others during a rambling, hourlong speech at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“I love legal immigration,” Trump said. “Maybe we should make it easier and faster.” He added that Mexico is “pushing” people over the U.S. border and suggested charging the Mexican government $100,000 for every person who crosses.

When kicking off his campaign in June, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and said they’re bringing drugs and crime, earning rebukes from some Republicans. Businesses, including Univision, NBC, and Macy’s, have distanced themselves from him. Celebrity chefs have backed away from planned projects at Trump properties.

Still, Trump has ridden the notoriety to the top tier of a group of at least 14 Republicans vying to succeed Obama in the White House.

As he did earlier on Saturday during a speech in Las Vegas, Trump brought on stage Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose high school student son, Jamiel Jr., was killed in 2008 by an undocumented immigrant.

“I thought I would be the jobs candidate,” said Trump, saying he would be stronger than Obama or other Republican contenders at negotiating trade deals that prevent the United States from being “ripped” by governments such as China, and building the economy, including manufacturing. “We have to take care of everyone,” Trump added. “Get used to it, conservatives.”

Trump rapped Bush as indecisive. “Jeb Bush, let’s say he’s president. Oy, oy, oy.”
A Reuters-Ipsos poll published Saturday showed Trump and Bush in a near dead heat among Republicans.

Saturday’s campaign event was moved to the cavernous convention center in downtown Phoenix from a local hotel because of high demand for tickets. Thousands of flag-waving supporters carried signs saying “Truth Trumps All” and “Make America Great Again.”

Photo: People protest Donald Trump at a rally in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2015. Elvert Barnes via Flickr

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15 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila July 12, 2015

    The only thing I agree with is that we should make legal immigration faster and easier. Doing so would make it unnecessary for people to enter the USA illegally. The rest is evidence of Trump’s political victory strategy. He is using illegal immigration, and other controversial issues, to gain the support of the most radical wing of the GOP to win the nomination. His ability to rise to the top of the Republican nomination campaign by using hate and fear as his most powerful weapons reflects not only on his persona, but on the lack of moral values of his supporters.
    I shudder at the thought of a President Trump. Should that happen, the last thing we should worry about are illegal immigrants, ISIS, and international trade agreements. We would become an international pariah, isolated from the rest of the civilized world, and ridiculed by all.

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    1. TZToronto July 13, 2015

      Imagine Commander-in-Chief Trump. . . . Better yet, don’t imagine Commander-in-Chief Trump. The world cannot afford a Trump in the White House.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 13, 2015

        What worries me is that there are millions of Americans who see nothing wrong with what Trump has said, and what he has proposed. In fact, a Republican I know told me yesterday that he agrees with what Trump said about how to deal with ISIS, and asserted that he finally heard someone demonstrate the kind of leadership he has been longing for. I guess his interpretation of leadership is synonymous to imperialism, arrogance, and despotism…

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        1. Grannysmovin July 13, 2015

          Why isn’t the media and the Democrat candidates reminding people that Obama has been pushing for immigration reform since he first term, that in 2013 the Senate passed a bi-partisan immigration reform bill and Boehner refused to put it on the floor for a vote. Or ask Trump and the rest of the Republican candidates about Boehner’s Press conference on 7/8/13 where he said: “I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.” He added, “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”
          Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/john-boehner-house-immigration-vote-93845.html#ixzz3fDqyeXKO

          So when is the House going to do it’s job Boehner?

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          1. 13observer July 13, 2015

            Its doing its job by not caving to the Mexican Mafia.

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          2. Grannysmovin July 13, 2015

            What Mexican Mafia? If you want to silence the little voices in your head turn off Fox News.

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          3. 13observer July 13, 2015

            Steve the “King” will NEVER let it happen in Congress!

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          4. Dominick Vila July 13, 2015

            The media does not challenge the cynical statements made by Republicans like Trump because they rely on sensationalism to get market share…and customers. They are like prostitutes available to the highest bidder.
            I don’t know why Democrats like Clinton, Sanders, and the rest don’t challenge their comments. They should, and they should remind the public of who is responsible for the inaction, not only is finding a long term solution to our illegal immigration problem, but on issues such as investment on infrastructure, investment in education, and effective regulation to reduce the cost of healthcare insurance in the USA, and Wall Street gambling with investor’s monies.

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          5. TZToronto July 13, 2015

            Reminding the public of the falsity of statements made by Trump, et al., is like trying to reason with the child who stands there with his fingers in his ears screaming LA, LA, LA, LA, LA. They don’t want to listen to the evidence that it’s not the illegal imigrants who are committing most of the crimes and that, in fact, rates of most crimes have dropped, not increased. For the true believers on the right, such information is merely liberal propaganda because they can see with their own eyes (well, they heard it from the cousin of the guy down the street whose neighbor works with someone whose house was burglaized six years ago) that crime is increasing.

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          6. Dominick Vila July 13, 2015

            Interestingly, the number of illegal immigrants in the USA has dropped by about 1 million since the 07 Great Recession began. The influx of illegal immigrants is at an all time low, particularly when we compare it to the levels that existed in the Reagan and Clinton days. The only reason this is an issue, besides ethnic and cultural hatred, is because the GOP knows it is a valuable wedge issue to get votes from their most radical.

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          7. TZToronto July 13, 2015

            When I go to Las Vegas, I usually stay at one of Steve Wynn’s properties. Most of the cleaning staff are Hispanic. I suspect, although I have never stayed at one of Adelson’s hotels, that a large proportion of the cleaning staff there are Hispanic as well. I wonder how many of the cleaning staff employed by Wynn and Adelson are illegal immigrants, and I wonder just how vociferous those two will be about illegal immigration during the 2016 campaign.

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          8. Dominick Vila July 13, 2015

            Republicans yell and complain about this issue, not because they don’t think it cannot be solved, but because they are benefiting from the labor of our 21st pseudo slaves, and because they know this is an issue that excites the far rights and helps them get the support they need to win.

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          9. dpaano October 16, 2015

            As I’ve said before….the GOP manages its base using lies and scare tactics….and it seems to work for them! We Democrats are just too smart to be taken in by those lies and scare tactics!

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    2. plc97477 July 13, 2015

      That would probably be his 5th bankruptcy.

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