Prominent Latino withdraws support from Trump
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 03, 2016,
Sep 03, 2016, 3:05
Trump did not express any regrets for his comments, and was only mildly reprimanded by Pena Nieto, who said, "The Mexican people felt aggrieved by those comments", but felt Trump has a "genuine interest in building a relationship that would lead us to provide better conditions to our people".
In his speech, Trump emphasized that his priority would be to quickly deport those among the undocumented population who have committed serious crimes. And they built this speech up to be the seminal speech of the campaign on immigration. He said, though, that any illegal immigrant could be subject to deportation under his administration.
"Anyone who's entered the USA illegally is subject to deportation".
The US Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics from 2012 estimate there are up to 11 million people living illegally in the US.
Following their meeting, Peña essentially accused Trump of lying when he claimed in front of the press that the two did not discuss who would be paying for the wall.
That omission didn't bother Dan Stein, who leads the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that pushes for stricter immigration policies.
Trump's opinion on deporting criminals isn't that different from many liberal points of view.
While Democrats are hammering Trump for his foreign policies, Fox has learned the Republican nominee will receive his second national security briefing tomorrow in NY.
But Wednesday night, Trump took a stronger position once again.
"It's our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us", he said to the crowd. "It is deeply unpopular with voters, and profoundly un-American".
Aguilar's announcement follows a report by Politico on Wednesday that high-profile Latino Trump surrogates, including Trump National Hispanic Advisory Council member Jacob Monty, were wavering in their support after the address at the Phoenix Convention Center.
With the meeting held behind closed doors, it was impossible to know who was telling the truth.
While he stood firm on his differences with the Mexican leader on free trade, Mr Trump was respectful and even complimentary to his hosts. "We agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across our border and to put the cartels out of business", he said.
"Now is the time for the media to begin asking questions on their behalf".
"Mexico will pay for the wall, 100 percent", he said.
"After that, the conversation moved on to other topics and unfolded in a respectful manner", he added in another tweet.
"I love the Mexican people, but Mexico is not our friend", Trump tweeted previous year.