Trump to give speech on illegal
immigration on Wednesday
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[August 29, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday night
that he would make a major speech on illegal immigration in Arizona on
The announcement came a day after Trump said he would crack down on
illegal immigrants who overstay their visas, as he sought to clarify his
views on how to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Last week, Trump
had said he was "softening" on his plan to deport all 11 million illegal
That stance had aroused criticism from conservatives who wanted him to
stand fast after he won the Republican presidential nomination in large
part with a hard-line position that called for building a wall along the
U.S. border with Mexico.
"I will be making a major speech on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION on Wednesday in
the GREAT State of Arizona. Big crowds, looking for a larger venue,"
Trump, who had postponed an immigration speech originally planned for
last Thursday in Denver, said in his tweet on Sunday.
In another tweet on Sunday night, Trump said both he and Hillary
Clinton, his Democratic rival for the Nov. 8 election, should release
detailed medical records. "I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?"
In his speech on Saturday in Iowa, Trump said he would seek to institute
a tracking system to ensure illegal immigrants who overstay their visas
are quickly removed, and would propose an e-verify system to prevent
undocumented residents from gaining access to welfare and other
"If we donít enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border
Ė itís as simple as that," he said.
Trump said his first priority on taking office next January would be the
immediate deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants who remain
in the United States despite having committed crimes.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a
Hispanic Small Business Leaders round table meeting at the Trump
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo
"These international gangs and cartels will be a thing of the past,"
he said. "Their reign of terror will be over. In this task, we will
always err on the side of protecting the American people Ė we will
use immigration law to prevent crimes, and will not wait until some
innocent American has been harmed or killed before taking action."
Trump did not explain how his plan would affect undocumented
residents who have been in the United States for decades and obeyed
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Bill Trott)
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