When Donald Trump visited Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Nieto, many in the media believed this would be where the Republican presidential nominee would soften his stance on immigration.
They guessed wrong.
In an epic speech, Trump declared that if elected, he would “end all illegal immigration.”
“Having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial,” Trump also said during his remarks with the Mexican president.
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That would be epic enough on the topic of immigration for one day, but Trump decided to make an even bigger splash north of the border when he ave a major immigration speech in Arizona just hours after his meeting with the Mexican president.
According to CNN, Trump stated that “There will be no amnesty,” that “Anyone who is in the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and that “Mexico will pay for the wall, 100 percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall.”
“It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us,” Trump said. “Anyone who tells you the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington.”
As for the Mexican president and other politicians, Trump said, “They’re great people and great leaders,” adding nonetheless that “they’re going to pay for the wall.”
This is an unexpected turn of events. Earlier this week, we had heard that Trump was softening his position and was going to compromise like all politicians do. Now, as the week draws to a close, he is Mexico negotiating with the president.
If that isn’t something you’ve seen in a while, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.