Message to MIA Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake: Arizona Republicans have long memories. Our party symbol is the elephant.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to Phoenix Wednesday evening, addressing a crowd of thousands of supporters at the downtown Convention Center. It was the second leg of a whirlwind trip after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier in the day.
A parade of prominent politicos were on hand for Trump. Taking his turn on the podium was Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was greeted with rousing cheers, coming off his primary election victory Tuesday night. AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham, who boycotted Trump’s July 2015 initial appearance received only a polite smattering of applause. Graham introduced Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is also the state chairman for Trump. The contrast in their receptions was not subtle. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, sporting a “Make Mexico Great Again Also” baseball cap spoke in support of Trump. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a solid conservative, and cap wearer. miscalculated when he sent out a congratulation to John McCain on “his victory last night.” Sessions appeared nonplussed by the boos his comment generated. Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence introduced Donald Trump.
Trump held true to his pledge to provide a “serious policy address on one of the greatest issues of our time, illegal immigration” — which he referred to as “worse than anybody ever realized.”
Addressing his meeting with the Mexican president, he said, “It was a thoughtful and substantive conversation, and it’s going to go on for a while, and in the end, we’re all going to win,” Trump said, promising that in a Trump presidency, he’d pursue “a new relationship between our two countries.”
Laying out his ten-point immigration plan, Trump told the audience, “Today on a very complicated and very difficult subject you will get the truth. The fundamental problem with the immigration system in our country is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful politicians. Let me tell you who it does not serve. It does not serve you — the American people. When politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following: amnesty, open borders, lower wages. Immigration reform should mean something else entirely. It should mean improvements to our laws and policies to make life better for Americans citizens.”
Thunderous cheers filled the hall.
It was Trump’s ten-point immigration plan that attendees were waiting for, since such a bold move has not been forthcoming from other presidential candidates or those occupying the White House, frustrating the American people for years. There was no equivocating as he detailed his proposal:
Number 1 on Trump’s ten point list was construction the border wall.
His second point was the end of “catch and release” policies.
“Anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are moved out of our country and back to the country from which they came.” he said.
Point number 3: “Zero tolerance for criminal aliens.”
Point number 4: “End federal funding for “sanctuary cities,” which provide havens for illegals.
Number 5? Putting an end to the impossible to enforce Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program authorized through an executive order by Barack Obama, supposedly to affect those who were brought to the U.S. before age 16.. Since it applies to those under the age of 31 by June 15, 2012, there is no actual mechanism to ascertain whether they were brought here 20 years ago at age 3 or slipped across the border last week.
Number 6 calls for an end to issuing visas from countries such as Syria and Libya, which are unable to adequately screen their residents. Trump describes his policy as “extreme vetting.”
Number 7: Ensure countries take back immigrants the United States deports.
Number 8: Complete the biometric program responsible for tracking entries and exits on visas, which are frequently overstayed. We must know who is in our country.
Number 9: Would expand use of the employment verification system, E-Verify, and stop illegals from receiving benefits.
Number 10: includes reforming the legal immigration system to “serve the best interests of workers“ a point which needs clarification.
H/T Right Side Broadcasting for providing this video of the event. If you were unable to attend, try this.