There was concern among many conservatives a few days ago that Donald Trump had gone soft on illegal immigration, but with his speech last night in Arizona, he slammed home hard-hitting point after hard-hitting point on his plan to solve America's illegal immigration woes and benefit everyone here in this country legally.
Here are some highlights from his lengthy speech in Phoenix:
— AMERICA MUST BENEFIT AMERICANS FIRST AND MOST: “There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes a close second. We will treat everyone living or residing in our country with great dignity. We will be fair, just, and compassionate to all, but our greatest compassion must be for our American citizens.”
— ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT ALWAYS MEXICO'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST: "While there are many illegal immigrants in our country who are good people, many, many, this doesn't change the fact that most illegal immigrants are lower skilled workers with less education, who compete directly against vulnerable American workers, and that these illegal workers draw much more out from the system than they can ever possibly pay back."
— YES, MEXICO WILL PAY FOR THE WALL: "We will build a great wall along the southern border. And Mexico will pay for the wall. One hundred percent. They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for it. And they're great people and great leaders but they're going to pay for the wall. On day one, we will begin working on intangible, physical, tall, power, beautiful southern border wall."
— OBAMA AND HILLARY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS CAUSED BY OPEN BORDERS: "Countless Americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration and the administration that causes this horrible, horrible thought process, called Hillary Clinton."
— ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS VERY COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS: "Illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion dollars a year. And this is what we get. For the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next 10 years, we could provide 1 million at-risk students with a school voucher, which so many people are wanting."
— HILLARY'S IMMIGRATION PLAN WILL BREAK AMERICA: "Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare for illegal immigrants — breaking the federal budget. On top of that, she promises ... to bring in 620,000 new refugees in a four-year term."
— ALL ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS WILL BE SENT BACK: "Anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country."
— ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CAUGHT BREAKING THE LAW HERE WILL BE DEPORTED: "We will issue detainers for all illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings."
— MASSIVE INCREASE IN DEPORTATION AND BORDER OFFICERS: "We are going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers. We’re also going to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents."
— NO MORE SANCTUARY CITIES: "We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities."
— NO MORE AMNESTY: "We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants."
— WE'LL SUSPEND VISA FROM COUNTRIES WE CAN'T TRUST: "[We'll] develop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place."
— WE'LL USE A BIOMETRIC TRACKING SYSTEM FOR VISAS: "For years, Congress has required a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, but it has never been completed. In my Administration, we will ensure that this system is in place at all land, air, and sea ports."
— WE'LL STOP ILLEGAL USE OF GOVERNMENT BENEFITS: "I will enforce all of our immigration laws. Those who abuse our welfare system will be priorities for removal."
— WE WILL REFORM LEGAL IMMIGRATION: "The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals: To keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms. To select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society.... To choose immigrants based on merit, skill and proficiency. And ... ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first."
— AMERICA'S PROBLEMS WILL LESSEN: "Crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and welfare use will decrease. We will have a peace dividend to spend on rebuilding America, beginning with our inner cities."
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Read the full transcript from the speech at The Daily Caller.