Trump, real estate magnate and reality TV star "The Apprentice", painted a picture of an out-of-control border that he said border guards are describing to him. He said the people coming to the U.S. are not just from Mexico "but all over South and Latin America" and "probably from the Middle East."
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems," Trump said in a speech at Trump Tower in New York. "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime."
He seemed to also criticize the people responsible for guarding the border, saying the types of people he described are coming because "we have no protection and no competence."
"I would build a Great Wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words," said Trump.
He added that he would immediately end Obama's executive action on immigration that would shield millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation and allow them to work but are stalled in court.
"It appears Trump is having a difficult time separating fact from fiction. Developing a sound foreign policy with the United States' most important trade partner and neighbor is not a reality TV show," said Arturo Vargas, executive director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. The group's held its annual conference last week in Las Vegas where three presidential candidates were expected to address immigration and other issues important to the Latino community.
Donald Trump, will be in Hot Springs July 17 as a keynote speaker for the Republican Party of Arkansas.
Trump will be addressing key leaders and supporters of the Arkansas GOP at The Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner, the party’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
“It’s always an exciting night, but this year will definitely be interesting with such a dynamic speaker,” Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said.
“Between the news of the speaker and the huge growth in support throughout the state, I expect this to be our best turnout ever.”