US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to deport anyone who is in the United States illegally if he becomes president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the “well-being of the American people”. He added: “There will be no amnesty.”
In his speech in the border state of Arizona, Trump said immigrants would have to return home and re-apply for re-entry.
“Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country,” Trump said. “People will know you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalized.”
“We have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration and its impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills and general living conditions,” Trump said.
Trump again vowed that Mexico would pay for construction of a “great border wall” between the two countries. He spoke hours after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told Trump in a face-to-face meeting in Mexico City that Mexico would not pay for it.