Obama Doesn't Use Hateful Rhetoric Like Trump on Immigration, But How Different Are They Policywise?
Following his trip to Mexico earlier that day, Donald Trump doubled down on tough talk in his Phoenix, Arizona immigration speech late Wednesday.
"We will begin working on an impenetrable physical, tall, powerful, big, beautiful Southern border wall," Trump said before introducing several women whose children has been killed by undocumented immigrants.
Mexican President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto has repeatedly refused to fund Trump's wall, and it was not even discussed in their meeting. To make matters worse for Trump, the GOP nominee was woefully unprepared for his town hall with Hannity last week, with regards to questions on amnesty.
"I don't know," Trump said eventually, perpetuating the rumor that he is "softening" on immigration.
Even Fox News admitted it'd be hard for Trump to top "deporter-in-chief," President Obama, who has according to estimates overseen the deportation of 3.2 million people since the start of his presidency, while avoiding the xenophobic, racist and hateful rhetoric that has accompanied Trump's promises and boasts.
“If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported," President Obama said in his November 2014 speech on immigration reform, adding, "If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.”
Despite how much Trump bashes the president, the Republican nominee would likely have agreed.
“Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays,” Trump said Wednesday.
Trump also spoke about the benefits of immigration.
“Many of these arrivals have greatly enriched our country. But we now have an obligation to them," Trump said, echoing Obama's 2014 sentiment.
“Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens,“ announced Obama.
The president also explained why he believed "mass amnesty would be unfair [and] mass deportation...impossible."