Donald Trump first promised to “Make America Great Again.” Now, he and his supporters will extend the same pledge and “Make Mexico Great Again Also.”
After the GOP nominee visited with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Wednesday, hats with the new phrase appeared on the heads of top Trump backers — former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on Thursday dismissed Donald Trump's foray to Mexico as a bumbling "choke," and warned that the Republican presidential candidate's immigration plan will turn the U.S. into "deportation nation."
"This is kind of a diplomatic amateur hour by Donald Trump," Kaine said on NBC's "Today" show.
Donald Trump on Wednesday backed off his plan to forcibly deport the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, but the Republican presidential candidate's speech outlining his immigration policy was hardly the “softening” he had previously floated.
In a much-anticipated address, Trump delivered a raft of hard-line proposals, including new limits and entry criteria for legal immigrants, promises to crack down on welfare abusers, proposals to end the automatic renewal of visa programs and a pledge to deny legal status to anyone who remains in the country illegally.
“Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or obtain citizenship in the United States by illegally entering our country,” Trump said to cheers from thousands of supporters here. “People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalized. ... Those days are over.”