In recent weeks, Trump has been accused of softening his tone on the subject of immigration. Many have wanted him to clarify whether he favored a path to citizenship for those here legally, and whether he still planned to build a wall.
He made his position on the issue well known Wednesday night in Phoenix after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier that day.
Trump doubled down on his vow to build a “great wall” along the southern border, saying it would be “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, and beautiful.” Trump also outlined a more focused mission for the deportation force he has promised to create.
Trump’s plan is focused on first deporting the estimated 2 million “criminal aliens” on day one, while also prioritizing certain groups like gang members and visa overstays for removal.
“There will be no amnesty,” said Trump. “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 reentry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system I outlined above.”
Trump also promised to end “catch and release,” and vowed to increase the number of ICE and border patrol agents, while also blocking funding for sanctuary cities.