Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began delivering a speech on immigration at the Phoenix Convention Center. Wednesday night.
Gov. Doug Ducey, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Treasurer Jeff DeWit spoke before Donald Trump took the stage at his rally.
Ducey emphasized the need for a conservative president to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
He also said Trump would keep the country safe. “It’s time for national security,” Ducey said. “And it’s time for border security.”
It was the first time that Ducey had appeared at a Trump rally.
Arpaio spoke about the border wall, saying he didn’t care who paid for it, he just wanted to see it built.
DeWit said the Trump campaign intentionally didn’t tell reporters about his trip to help flood victims in Louisiana.
“We left them behind on purpose because we didn’t want it to be a photo op,” DeWit said.
During his speech, Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, brought up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email usage as secretary of State.
The crowd chanted, “Lock her up.”
Giuliani said that Trump proved that he could act on the world stage, as he did in Mexico that afternoon, providing a “frank and clear discussion about what we need.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama told the crowd to expect “the best laid-out law enforcement plan” to deal with illegal immigration.
“It’s going to be so good,” he said. “You’re going to be proud and pleased about that.”
He then paused as a protestor interrupted the speech.
Sessions said he looked forward to working with Sen. John McCain again. Boos came from the crowd.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, gave a preview of Trump's speech.
"Tonight in this setting, Donald Trump will address that issue that from the outset of this campaign he, and he alone, put at the center of our national debate: ending illegal immigration once and for all."
Donald Trump entered to Lee Greenwood’s, “God Bless the USA.”
Trump called Arizona a state that has “a very special place in my heart.”
Trump told the crowd this would not be his typical rally speech. “Instead, I’m going to deliver a detailed policy address,” he said.
Trump read from two Teleprompters set on either side of the podium.
Trump told the crowd he had just returned from Mexico City where he met with Mexico's president.
“We agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across our border and to put the cartels out of business,” he said.
The crowd cheered.
Trump said the immigration system was set up to serve the powerful and rich.
“Let me tell you who it does not serve. It does not serve you, the American people.”
He said that the problems of the current system are not reported by the media and are kept in place by politicians afraid to solve the problem because special interests want to continue profiting from it.
“We have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration,” Trump said.
Trump said the United States has a right to bring in only people “that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.”
He mentioned several people who had been killed, he said, at the hands of people in the country illegally.
Trump mentioned the shooting of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Quik Trip clerk in Mesa. The man arrested by police for that crime, Apolinar Altamirano, had faced deportation, but had been released from federal custody on bond.
Trump said Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, was concerned about deportations separating families.
But, he said, she does not care of families “permanently separated because of preventable homicide, because of a preventable death, because of murder.”
Trump said the flood of low-skilled immigrant workers hurts takes jobs away from working-class citizens. But, he said, that is not discussed.
“Instead the media and my opponent discuss one thing and only one thing: the needs of people living here illegally,” Trump said.
Donald Trump began laying out his immigration plan, asking the crowd, “Are you ready? Are you ready?”
His first step: “We will build a great wall along the southern border," he said.
The crowd chanted, “Build the wall.”
“And Mexico will pay for the wall. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall. Great people and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall."
Trump said he would build a wall that was tall, impenetrable and beautiful.
“We will use the best technology,” he said, “including above and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance, to supplement the wall.”
Trump said he believed Mexico would help with his plan because it would stop criminal cartels.
“Especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today,” Trump said, “they want to solve this problem along with us, and I’m sure they will.”
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