Prominent Latinos drop support of Trump after speech;
Illegal immigration at lowest level since 1972;
Fact checkers find many false statements in Trump’s speech.
By Miriam Raftery; Photo by Gage Skidmore
September 1,2016 (San Diego) – Just hours after returning from meeting Mexico’s president, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered a fiery speech in Arizona in which he stereotyped Mexicans as rapists and murderers, called for a revival of an “Operation Wetback” deportation program similar to a widely criticized program under the Eisenhower administration, but tougher.
He announced plans to cancel President Obama’s actions to protect people brought here as children and parents of U.S. citizens. He made clear that his goal is to ultimately deport every undocumented immigration in the U.S. “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,”Trump stated. “Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status,or become a citizen of the United States, by illegally entering our country. Can’t do it.”
As for undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., his words are striking fear. “They have to go back."