Trump again assails Clinton as far too soft on immigrants
As president, the Democratic candidate would virtually end border enforcement and place the country “in grave peril,” her Republican rival said.
He was speaking before a sympathetic audience in a Houston suburb that included people who said their friends or family members had been killed by undocumented immigrants. Many wore T-shirts emblazoned with the words “A Stolen Life.”
The issue has been core to Trump’s campaign since he said last summer that many Mexican immigrants were drug smugglers and rapists.
Using unusually subdued tones in the presence of victims’ families, the real estate tycoon asserted that Clinton would “implement amnesty by executive order, violating our constitution and putting the entire nation in grave peril.”
Clinton has called for a softening of immigration practices, saying she would deport only violent criminals and terrorists, a position in stark contrast to Trump’s vow to build a border wall and deport huge numbers of the undocumented.
But his suggestion that immigrants are disproportionally responsible for serious crime appears to be refuted by several studies.
Trump, however, insisted Saturday that Americans are being killed on a daily basis by the undocumented.
“Every day our border remains open, innocent Americans are needlessly victimized and killed,” he said.
“Every day we fail to enforce our laws… a loving parent is at risk of losing their child.”
While Trump repeated his charge that Clinton would introduce “total amnesty in the first 100 days, which means Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare for illegal immigrants,” her website does not mention amnesty.
It does promise to “introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within (the) first 100 days,” lifting the threat of deportation in many cases.
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