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Trump's soft spoken statement in Mexico was a sharp contrast from the "yelling from a teleprompter" a few hours later in Phoenix. Donald Trump's teleprompter tone of a consistent yelling monotone for an hour and 15 minutes wears on you. He, of course, made some outlandish claims and exaggerations that are getting so common place they are no longer even challenged by the media. I couldn't stand listening to Sarah Palin's screeching voice, and now I'm just about there with Teleprompter Trump yelling all the time.
Trump's Phoenix 10 point speech on immigration (transcript courtesy of LA Times) has many components that are already existing policies, except that Trump is going to do them quicker and come down even harder on "illegals". On the deportation of 11 million undocumented workers he emphasized that the list will be prioritized with a heavy emphasis on criminals. That's what Obama is doing now...quietly. However, he also said no one would be exempt from the law.
"In a Trump administration all immigration laws will be enforced, will be enforced. As with any law enforcement activity, we will set priorities. But unlike this administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement. And ICE and Border Patrol officers will be allowed to do their jobs the way their jobs are supposed to be done. Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don't have a country."
"Immigration law doesn't exist for the purpose of keeping criminals out. It exists to protect all aspects of American life. The work site, the welfare office, the education system, and everything else. That is why immigration limits are established in the first place. If we only enforced the laws against crime, then we have an open border to the entire world. We will enforce all of our immigration laws."
"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 that I have outlined above."
"We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. We will break the cycle. There will be no amnesty."
However, towards the end of his speech he said this:
"Importantly, in several years when we have accomplished all of our enforcement and deportation goals and truly ended illegal immigration for good, including the construction of a great wall, which we will have built in record time. And at a reasonable cost, which you never hear from the government.
"And the establishment of our new lawful immigration system then and only then will we be in a position to consider the appropriate disposition of those individuals who remain."
This latter point has confused pundits. While he said earlier in his speech that everyone would have to leave, he invited speculation that not everyone would have to go back and get in line.