Donald Trump ignited a wave of controversy thanks to his highly divisive comments on illegal immigration that he made while announcing his candidacy for President. Despite the outrage that Trump’s speech provoked, the business magnate is not backing down. In fact, Trump released a statement in which he reconfirmed his convictions on immigration, putting to rest speculation that he might distance himself from the furor.
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Trump’s June 16 speech drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, with many taking issue with his bold claims. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said of the majority of illegal immigrants. On Monday, Trump initially struck a more diplomatic tone, saying that he respects the people of Mexico, but he expressed yet again that illegal immigration raises the crime rate.
“The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5-time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn’t want him in Mexico,” Trump said. “This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States.”
Illegal immigration also poses a problem for public health, Trump argued. “In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government. The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this,” he said. “Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”
“On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally. I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicans—many of them are working for and with me…and, just like our country, my organization is better for it,” Trump said.
Trump’s vision for the future of America’s relationship with Mexico is clear.
“The last thing Mexico wants is Donald Trump as President in that I will make great trade deals for the United States and will have an impenetrable border–only legally approved people will come through easily,” he said.