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The 10 Things Trump Says He Wants to Do About Immigration

Donald Trump is serious about illegal immigration. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

We all know Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pretty serious about immigration (and curbing it), and Wednesday was a huge day for Trump and all things immigration.

With just over two months until Election Day, there have been murmurs that Trump may alter his hardline stances on mass deportations and a new wall along the border with Mexico. To address these issues, Trump met with Mexico's president in a last-minute trip, hours before a banner speech on his immigration policy.

It all happened in the span of less than a day:

In a nutshell...

The United States and Mexico border (Tony Webster/Flickr)

Trump has always boasted about making immigration an election issue this year, and has repeatedly said he'll make Mexico pay for a new wall along the United States' southern border.

About ten days ago, Trump held a meeting with Hispanic leaders who support his campaign. Some came out of that meeting indicating that Trump was open to consider streamlining a legalization process for those in the country illegally. This was a huge flip from his stance on deporting all eleven million illegal immigrants in the country.

With chants of "build that wall" and a voter base excited about Trump's position on immigration, was he really going to change his plans?

Then his son, Donald Trump Jr., said his father wasn't "softening" on his immigration stance and everyone was confused, while the campaign didn't attempt to clear anything up at all. The campaign manager said his position on forced deportation was "to be determined."

Then came Trump's planned speech on immigration policy. It was about to go down, then Trump got an invitation to meet with Mexico's president.

Trump and Mexico's president met up.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Trump on Wednesday (Presidencia de la República Mexicana/Flickr)

In a sudden, surprise move, President Enrique Peña Nieto invited Trump to meet him in Mexico City.

Secret service scrambled to prepare for the last minute invitation, which Trump accepted. Trump changed his schedule to fit it in before his banner speech, which was to focus on details about his immigration policy.

It was a whirlwind. The press conference afterward revealed a bit of ambiguity in the relationship between Trump and Nieto.

The two emphasized how important the US-Mexico relationship is. They said there was a constructive and respectful discussion about the role they both have for their countries.

Trump seemed to come across as presidential and diplomatic--but dodged the question of the wall and who'd pay for it (if it was even still in his planned immigration policy). He said they didn't talk about it. Nieto didn't say anything in the face of that public comment.

Nieto later tweeted--just before Trump's big speech--that he opened the meeting saying Mexico would not pay for a wall along the border of the US. He went on to say it was a respectful meeting after that moment. (So who lied or was saving face? Trump or Nieto?)

Trump released a 10-point immigration plan.

He got down and dirty in the details. Trump outlined the 10 points of his new immigration plan in an hourlong speech in Arizona.

Right away, people saw that things didn't really change in Trump's position on immigration:

  1. Build a wall. And Mexico would still pay for it, even if "they don't know it."

  2. End "catch and release," meaning America would stop capturing undocumented immigrants and releasing them. He wants to return them to the country they came from.

  3. No tolerance for criminal illegal immigrants. Trump claims he'd start deporting them in his first day in the Oval Office.

  4. Stop all funding for sanctuary cities, meaning cities that don't allow police to deport undocumented individuals, and which naysayers claim harbor criminals.

  5. Enforce immigration law, and end all unconstitutional executive orders on immigration--including Obama's controversial order.

  6. Suspend visa requests and processes from any country that is found to be unable to conduct secure screenings.

  7. Make sure countries will take their deportees back.

  8. Introduce a biometric system for immigrants entering and exiting the US. This requires fingerprint scanning and a digital photograph of everyone moving in and out of the country.

  9. "Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet" that attracts migrants to come to America.

  10. Reform legal immigration, with American workers in mind.

And that was that. The Republican presidential candidate finally detailed his bold immigration policy; it was a long time coming. Now Hispanic Trump backers are rethinking their support after his speech.

What do you think?

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The 10 Things Trump Says He Wants to Do About Immigration

Patrick deHahn

Patrick deHahn is a freelance international news reporter, having contributed to The Atlantic online and Mic. He's worked at CNNMoney, the New York Daily News, and Voice of America. Patrick loves tweeting, reading, and grabbing coffee in either New York or Washington D.C. Tweet anything on politics or world conflict to him! Follow: @patrickdehahn.

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