Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered a speech on immigration at the Phoenix Convention Center. Wednesday night.
Here’s how it happened:
Trump was wheels up, on his way out of Phoenix.
Some attendees at his rally gave positive reviews to his speech.
Jay Valone, 38, of Buckeye, thought Donald Trump did “great.”
“He let the people know we love the Mexicans, we want a good relationship with Mexico but we want it in a legal fashion,” said Valone, who was attending his first Trump rally. “Republicans aren’t racist. Trump isn’t racist, it’s the media spinning him so people don’t vote for him.”
Marcia Olsen, 57, of Fountain Hills, said she was clear on Trump’s position on illegal immigration before the speech. But, she said, she understood why he met with experts and authorities to “evolve” his proposal.
“He realized that he had to change some of the things that he was saying because he knew that maybe it wasn’t workable, or whatever,” she said. “I trust him. The first person I could vote for was (President Ronald) Reagan.” Trump “reminds me of all the things that Reagan stood for.”
Maria Kardos, 51, of Vail, said Trump’s 10-point plan made her feel safe. Her top concern this election is national security, and she believes Trump’s plan will keep terrorists from coming across the southern border.
“There was not a softening of his stance,” she said. “He’s sticking to his points … and he’s going to keep families safe.
“I’m concerned about terrorism. Obviously, the Syrian migrant crisis causes all kinds of problems in Europe and I’m concerned that if our borders are not secured, that they will have the opportunity to come here and create crimes.”
Lina Bellenir, 68, a “legal immigrant” from Italy who lives in Fountain Hills, said she was thrilled with Trump’s remarks.
“He covered every point,” she said. “He covered the visa program, he covered the criminals that are in this country and creating havoc in our countries. There wasn’t a detail that he missed in my opinion. And he said it with compassion and heartfelt love for all Americans.”
Lauren Salomon, 33, a customer service representative from Maricopa, said she was “excited” about Trump’s immigration message.
“We definitely need a wall at the border,” she said. “We need some sort of border security. I believe in what he’s talking about. I think that there is a humane way to regulate who is in our country. Like he said, we’ve got to take care of America first, we’ve got to take care of our citizens first.”
— Laura Gomez, Dan Nowicki, Daniel Gonzalez
Trump offered a 10-point plan that he said would end illegal immigration. A more thorough analysis is available here from Republic reporter Ron Hansen.
Trump’s first point was the border wall.
His second point was the end of what he called “catch and release.”
“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,” Trump said.
Point No. 3: “Zero tolerance for criminal aliens,” Trump said.
Trump said that law enforcement officers know where these individuals live.
“Day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone,” Trump said. “And you can call it deported if you want…You can call it whatever the hell you want, they’re gone.”
Trump said he would also order illegal immigrant held if they were arrested “for any crime whatsoever.”
He also said he would triple the number of immigration offices. He said doing so would stop immigrants from evading justice. “Just like Hillary Clinton has evaded justice,” Trump said. “Maybe they’ll be able to deport her.”
Trump said the fourth part of his plan was ending federal funding for any “sanctuary cities,” those places that he said don’t cooperate with federal agencies on enforcing immigration laws.
He said his fifth plank was ending the deferred action programs put in place through executive orders by President Barack Obama. Those applied to certain immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
Trump said the sixth part of his plan was to stop issuing visas from countries not able to adequately screen its residents. Trump said those nations would include Syria and Libya.
Part of that plan, he said, would involve “extreme vetting.” He said that would include ideological tests where applicants would be asked their attitudes towards women and gays and whether they adhered to “radical Islam.”
“Very, very few will slip through the cracks,” he said. “Hopefully none.”
Point No. 7: Ensure countries take back immigrants the United States deports
Point No. 8: Complete the biometric program that tracked entries and exits on visas.
Point No. 9: He said he would expand use of the employment verification system, E-Verify, and stop immigrants from receiving benefits.
Finally, his 10th— point, was the reform of the legal immigration system to “serve the best interests of workers.”
Trump said he would bring jobs back to the United States and punish companies that tried to move operations to other countries. “There will be consequences,” he said.
Trump said he would use what he called a “peace dividend” resulting from his program to rebuild the country’s inner cities.
Trump said those currently in the country illegally would have “one route” to legal status: “to return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new immigration system.”
He ended his speech by bringing onstage a group of “Angel Moms,” mothers and father who had lost a loved one in a crime committed, Trump said, by someone in the country illegally.
Trump left the stage to the song that typically ends his rallies, the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Donald Trump began laying out his immigration plan, asking the crowd, “Are you ready? Are you ready?”
His first step: “We will build a great wall along the southern border,” he said.
The crowd chanted, “Build the wall.”
“And Mexico will pay for the wall. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall. Great people and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall.”
Trump said he would build a wall that was tall, impenetrable and beautiful.
“We will use the best technology,” he said, “including above and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance, to supplement the wall.”
Trump said he believed Mexico would help with his plan because it would stop criminal cartels.
“Especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today,” Trump said, “they want to solve this problem along with us, and I’m sure they will.”
Donald Trump entered to Lee Greenwood’s, “God Bless the USA.”
Trump called Arizona a state that has “a very special place in my heart.”
Trump told the crowd this would not be his typical rally speech. “Instead, I’m going to deliver a detailed policy address,” he said.
Trump read from two Teleprompters set on either side of the podium.
Trump told the crowd he had just returned from Mexico City where he met with Mexico’s president.
“We agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across our border and to put the cartels out of business,” he said.
The crowd cheered.
Trump said the immigration system was set up to serve the powerful and rich.
“Let me tell you who it does not serve. It does not serve you, the American people.”
He said that the problems of the current system are not reported by the media and are kept in place by politicians afraid to solve the problem because special interests want to continue profiting from it.
“We have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration,” Trump said.
Trump said the United States has a right to bring in only people “that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.”
He mentioned several people who had been killed, he said, at the hands of people in the country illegally.
Trump mentioned the shooting of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Quik Trip clerk in Mesa. The man arrested by police for that crime, Apolinar Altamirano, had faced deportation, but had been released from federal custody on bond.
Trump said Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, was concerned about deportations separating families.
But, he said, she does not care of families “permanently separated because of preventable homicide, because of a preventable death, because of murder.”
Trump said the flood of low-skilled immigrant workers hurts takes jobs away from working-class citizens. But, he said, that is not discussed.
“Instead the media and my opponent discuss one thing and only one thing: the needs of people living here illegally,” Trump said.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, gave a preview of Trump’s speech.
“Tonight in this setting, Donald Trump will address that issue that from the outset of this campaign he, and he alone, put at the center of our national debate: ending illegal immigration once and for all.”
During his speech, Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, brought up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail usage as Secretary of State.
The crowd chanted, “Lock her up.”
Giuliani said that Trump proved that he could act on the world stage, as he did in Mexico that afternoon, providing a “frank and clear discussion about what we need.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama told the crowd to expect “the best laid-out law enforcement plan” to deal with illegal immigration.
“It’s going to be so good,” he said. “You’re going to be proud and pleased about that.”
He then paused as a protester interrupted the speech.
Sessions said he looked forward to working with Sen. John McCain again. Boos came from the crowd.
Gov. Doug Ducey, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Treasurer Jeff DeWit spoke before Donald Trump took the stage at his rally.
Ducey emphasized the need for a conservative president to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
He also said Trump would keep the country safe. “It’s time for national security,” Ducey said. “And it’s time for border security.”
It was the first time that Ducey had appeared at a Trump rally.
Arpaio spoke about the border wall, saying he didn’t care who paid for it, he just wanted to see it built.
DeWit said the Trump campaign intentionally didn’t tell reporters about his trip to help flood victims in Louisiana.
“We left them behind on purpose because we didn’t want it to be a photo op,” DeWit said.
Redeem Robinson, 27, who was escorted out of the Gov. Mike Pence rally in August at the convention center, was also kicked out of the Donald Trump rally on Wednesday.
“The campaign said I’m not welcome at no Donald Trump events across the country,” he said. “I’m banned.”
— Garrett Mitchell
Republican political advisor Juan Hernandez said he expected Trump to soften his stance on immigration tonight. But not too much.
Trump needs to woo more Latino voters to win the general election, Hernandez said. But, he said, Trump also can’t afford to erode the base that helped him win the GOP presidential nomination: conservative voters who favor a tough approach to immigration.
“He will give us cariñito and then cachetada. It will sound soft, and then he will slap us,” said Hernandez, who was Hispanic outreach director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
The Texas Republican said he was supporting Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate.
“We are tired of being insulted by the candidate of the Republican party…It’s just impossible as a Republican, that I am, to support Donald Trump,” he said. “But then on the left you have a party, the party of Hillary Clinton, that for eight years…told us they would push immigration reform and they did not.”
— Daniel Gonzalez
A man named Ryan King was standing just outside the moving line on Monroe headed into the Trump rally. He was calling out Scripture. He stopped a boy and asked him if he wanted to testify. Aden Nicholas, wearing a suit, looked to his mother. She gave him permission. King started filming with his iPhone.
“The world needs Jesus and I’m just a 9-year-old and I want to run for president when I’m older and I just feel like there’s so many lost people in the world,” Nicholas said to the camera.
King asked him if there was something he could tell Americans right now, what it would be?
Nicholas replied: “Trump is our only hope now.”
“Praise God, praise God,” King said.
Later, dozens of protesters chanted “Trump is Hate” while a few Trump supporters chanted “USA!”
One man was lugging a large cross. He told the protesters that they were killing children. The argument ended with the man holding the cross storming off, shouting “there is no arguing with the slaughtering of fetuses!” He continued to shout as he walked down Monroe Street.
Trump protesters gathered around a group of dancers and drummers clad in brightly colored headdresses. The group, Grupo Coatlicue, performed an indigenous traditional dance from Mexico. Copal, a tree resin, burned in the center of the circle. A man occasionally blew on a conch shell to create a horn sound.
Across the street, a few rally-goers noticed. One man said, “They had to have a circus to draw a crowd over there.”
Protesters set up the large inflatable figures of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Trump blow-ups across the street from the rally entrance. The Arpaio figure was clad in jail clothes, and the Trump one wore a Ku Klux Klan robe.
— Caitlin McGlade
Trump’s motorcade has left the airport and was moving towards downtown Phoenix.
The Donald Trump campaign has paid $33,459 to rent convention center space for his rallies, according to the city of Phoenix.
Phoenix charged $8,813 for Trump’s July 11, 2015 speech, including $7,803 in rent.
He was charged $24,646 for speech today, including $21,196 in rent. The city told the Republic, in response to a request from reporter Dustin Gardiner, that Trump’s campaign paid for today’s event on Monday.
— Dustin Gardiner
Republic photographer Tom Tingle reports that the plane carrying Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate, has landed at Sky Harbor International Airport.
The man who will be saying the Pledge of Allegiance at Donald Trump’s rally is a 33-year-old wounded warrior and Mexican immigrant.
Alexis Jaquez, of Gilbert, served in the Army between 2002 and 2005. He said he will be saying the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of the country he served and for the memories of all the friends he lost in combat.
“I’m a veteran and I think it’s very important to show respect to the flag, to the country that has allowed me to stay here, that has given me opportunity,” he said.
Jaquez was born in San Luis, Sonora, and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was about 4 years old, he said.
Jaquez said he supports Trump because his main concern is national security.
“I love this country, and I wouldn’t want to see happen here what is going on in France,” he said. “When a bomb goes off, it doesn’t discriminate whether you are documented or undocumented.”
— Laura Gomez
A plane that left Mexico City at 2:05 p.m. has landed at Sky Harbor International Airport. The Republic believes this is the plane that contains GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Some television stations are showing a Trump plane at Sky Harbor International Airport.
But that plane flew directly from Los Angeles. The Republic believes Trump is not on that aircraft.
Another plane that left Mexico City just after Trump’s speech was still in the air and was just entering Phoenix airspace.
Fewer than a dozen people gathered to protest the speech to be given by Donald Trump.
The few protesters present were setting up in an area in front of the Herberger Theatre across from the north entrance to the Convention Center, where a steady stream of people were going inside.
The group Bazta Arpaio has scheduled a protest for 4:30 p.m., according to its Facebook event.
— Laura Gomez
Whether a mix-up, or the Trump campaign showing its intrastate allegiances, five reporters from UA’s Daily Wildcat were barred from the media area at the Trump rally in downtown Phoenix.
Sam Gross, the editor-in-chief of the publication, posted on Twitter that the campaign offered on explanation as the Wildcats were escorted out. According to videos posted by UA reporters, the newspaper had attended Trump’s previous events.
Student reporters with Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University were allowed in the press area.
On Twitter, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto said that he told Trump at the beginning of their meeting that Mexico would not pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.
At a news conference following that meeting, Trump said the wall was discussed, but not the issue of whether Mexico would pay for it.
Former Gov. Jan Brewer, arriving at the Donald Trump rally, said she was confident the Republican candidate will continue to press for a border wall but dodged a question on whether Mexico should pay for it.
“I think it would be ideal if they would,’ she told reporters. Mexico is suffering from problems, too, due to lack of border enforcement, she said.
She said Trump showed leadership in what she called a “very diplomatic meeting” with the Mexican president.
Brewer said she was anxious to hear Trump’s remarks on immigration and signaled that she is not expecting a “softening.”
“We know he has made a commitment to us to secure our border, and to not authorize citizenship and to enforce the rule of law,” she told reporters who quickly gathered around her as she arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Fans of the former governor swarmed her, asking for her to pose for selfies with them.
“I have been crying out in the wilderness since 2010 to secure our border,” Brewer said. “We need to get that done. We need to enforce the rule of law.”
She called Trump the “president-elect” but corrected herself and said she is confident Trump will secure the border “when he gets elected.”
Brewer also said she’s confident there will be a border wall, although she said it will take more than bricks and mortar, adding that technology, aircraft and boots on the ground are also essential.
— Caitlin McGlade
According to reporter Caitlin McGlade, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has served as Trump surrogate on national television interviews, has arrived at his rally at the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix.
Doors to the convention center were supposed to open at 3 p.m. At 3:21 p.m, the line started moving, as seen from the perch of the ninth-floor newsroom of The Arizona Republic and azcentral one block away.
Some streets in downtown Phoenix will be closed for the Donald Trump speech at the convention center.
Closures should last from 3 p.m. to about 9 p.m.
Details here: Downtown Phoenix streets to close for Trump event
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, showed “courage” by traveling to Mexico City and meeting with that country’s president.
“He had the courage to go deep inside the heart of Mexico to talk to the president,” Arpaio said, during an interview on CNN.
Arpaio said he wasn’t bothered that Trump said he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto did not discuss Trump’s plan to have Mexico pay for construction of a wall between the two nations.
Arpaio said it didn’t matter to him how the wall was funded. And, he said, if Mexico would not pay for the wall, “maybe we can deduct the price from the foreign aid.”
He also suggested both his and Trump’s tough stances on border issues are weighed against their emotions.
“He and I, we both have hearts,” Arpaio said. “On the other hand, he wants to defend our country. All the drugs coming into the United States comes from Mexico.”
He said he would be speaking at the Trump rally in Phoenix. The fact a federal judge has referred Arpaio for criminal charges for repeatedly violating court orders was not mentioned during the interview.
Arpaio said he thought the visit with Mexico’s president showed a mutual respect that could be the foundation for negotiations that would solve the country’s problems.
“He is flexible. He says, ‘Let’s make a deal,’” Arpaio said. “Maybe he made a deal, who knows?”
During a news conference alongside Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump said the two discussed building the wall he has proposed along the southern border. But the two did not discuss Trump’s long-held promise that Mexico would pay for the wall.
“We did discuss the wall,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter. “We didn’t discuss payment for the wall. That will be for a later date.”
Trump said the two men agreed on five shared goals. Among them were ending illegal immigration, dismantling drug cartels, improving trade deals and keeping manufacturing wealth in the hemisphere.
Trump also said the two discussed the need for border security and either nation’s right to build a physical barrier to “stop the illegal movement of people and drugs and weapons.”
It was a cordial news conference, with Nieto only briefly discussing Trump’s previous comments that suggested Mexico intentionally sends over portions of its criminal population to the United States.
“Mexican people have been hurt by the comments that have been made,” Nieto said, according to a translation. “But I’m sure the genuine interest to build a relationship will give both of our countries better welfare.”
Trump ended his prepared remarks by thanking Neito for the invitation to visit his country.
“It’s been a tremendous honor,” Trump said, “and I call you a friend.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and local immigration activists sent a stern message to Donald Trump ahead of his highly-anticipated speech Wednesday: Your “extreme rhetoric” isn’t welcome here.
Stanton called the Republican presidential candidate’s attempt to clarify his position on immigration a signal of a floundering campaign.
He spoke at a morning press conference alongside state Rep. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, and two young people who are so-called “dreamers” — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who have been protected from deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
The mayor said Trump showed voters his true nature with his comments about Mexican immigrants in the past.
“I think it’s a desperation move,” Stanton said. “He’s losing. His campaign is falling apart. In all the swing states, he is losing by significant margins.”
Around the time Trump speaks Wednesday night, Stanton and the Phoenix City Council are expected to vote on a proposal to create a city photo-identification card that would be available to undocumented immigrants and others who often struggle to obtain valid ID. Stanton said the vote was scheduled before Trump’s visit.
— Dustin Gardiner and the Associated Press
While Donald Trump attends to his meetings in Mexico City, most of the reporters who travel with him will cool their heels in the heat of Phoenix, according to reports by the political blog Talking Points Memo.
The press corps was apparently caught off guard by the change in plans, TMP reported. Just a day earlier, reporters were discussing travel logistics with the campaign, which was talking about a press pool to cover the meetings.
Overnight, the Trump organization apparently changed course. Jeremy Diamond, a CNN reporter, tweeted that the press plane was diverted to Phoenix.
According to Politico, the Trump campaign announced a press availability for reporters who could make their way to Mexico City or for organizations with correspondents there, but the rest of the media was “seething” over the change in plans.
An official at the Mexico City international airport says a private plane carrying Republican candidate Donald Trump has touched down at the airport.
The official was not authorized to be quoted by name, nor did he provide the plane’s registry number, or say how Trump would reach the official residence of President Enrique Peña Nieto, where the meeting with the Mexican leader is to take place.
Peña Nieto’s office has confirmed there will be a meeting and subsequent press statement at the residence, which is across town from the airport.
Trump appeared likely to fly to the residence by helicopter, rather than cross town in any kind of motorcade.
At least two demonstrations are planned in Mexico City as Mexicans express anger about the visit of Donald Trump.
Former first lady Margarita Zavala wrote in a tweet aimed at Trump: “Even though you may have been invited, we want you to know you’re not welcome. We Mexicans have dignity, and we reject your hate speech.” She’s considered a potential presidential candidate for 2018.
Peña Nieto’s office hasn’t said where or when the meeting would be held, possibly in a bid to avoid protests outside the meeting site.
Leading historian Enrique Krauze also addressed Trump in a tweet saying, “We Mexicans expect nothing less than an apology for calling us ’criminals and rapists.’ “
Krauze told the Televisa TV network that, “Tyrants are to be confronted, not pacified.”
Mexico has awakened to the news that President Enrique Peña Nieto is going to meet with Republican candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday, and many Mexicans don’t like it.
Some analysts said the Republican nominee had left Peña Nieto flat-footed by accepting an invitation the Mexican president had made simply for appearances’ sake. Trump is widely loathed in Mexico for calling migrants from the country “rapists” among other insults.
Mexico City-based security analyst Alejandro Hope suggested that Peña Nieto “wanted to invite Hillary (Clinton), but that meant inviting both of them, and nobody thought Trump would accept first.”
He added: “What’s in it for Mexico?”
The newspaper El Universal wrote in an editorial that Trump “caught Mexican diplomats off-guard” by accepting the invitation.
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