Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has stated clearly that there would be “no amnesty” for undocumented immigrants living in the US and would be deported if he was elected in the November 8 elections.
“For those here illegally today who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined,” Trump said while delivering his major speech on immigration in Arizona on Wednesday night,
“There will be no amnesty,” CNN quoted the Manhattan real estate magnate as saying.
“People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalised — it’s not going to work that way. Those days are over,” Trump said.
He did not commit to deporting every undocumented immigrant living in the US as he previously had, but vowed that immigrants living in the US illegally would never have a path to legal status under his presidency, CNN noted.
Trump also pledged to create a “deportation task force” within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division “focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal aliens in America”.
“Maybe they’ll be able to deport her,” Trump said, joking the task force could deport his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Just hours after meeting with the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier on Wednesday, Trump reasserted his pledge to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and force Mexico to pay for the wall.
“Mexico will pay for the wall. 100 per cent. They don’t know it yet but they’re going to pay for the wall,” CNN quoted Trump as saying as his supporters roared.
The wall, Trump said, will be “beautiful” and “impenetrable” and will include high-tech technologies to prevent illegal border crossings.
However, Trump and Pena Nieto did not discuss who would pay for the wall during the mogul’s short visit.
“At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” CNN quoted Pena Nieto as saying later in a tweet.
Trump noted that any undocumented immigrants who are caught crossing into the US will be “detained until they are removed from our country” and sent back to their country of origin.
First Published | 1 September 2016 1:31 PM