Anderson Cooper 360 CNN August 31, 2016 10:00pm-11:01pm PDT
that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. if you missed any part of donald trump's speech on immigration, you can hear the whole thing starting right now. >> what a crowd, what a beautiful crowd. thank you. thank you. wow, that's a lot of people, phoenix. that's a lot of people. thank you very much.
[ crowd chanting ] >> thank you, phoenix. i am so glad to be back in arizona. a state that has a very, very special place in my heart. i love the people of arizona and together we are going to win the white house in november. now, you know, this is where it all began for me. remember that massive crowd also. so i said, let's go have some fun tonight. we're going to arizona. okay? thank you. this will be a little bit different. this won't be a rally speech per se. instead i'm going to deliver a detailed policy address on one of the greatest challenges
facing our country today, illegal immigration. i've just landed, having returned from a very important and special meeting with the president of mexico. a man i like and respect very much, and a man who truly loves his country, mexico. and by the way, just like i am a man who loves my country, the united states. 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.
we also discussed the great contributions of mexican american citizens to our two countries, my love for the people of mexico and the leadership and friendship that we have between mexico and the united states. it was a thoughtful and substantive conversation and it will go on for a while, and in the end, we're all going to win. both countries. we're all going to win. this is the first of what i expect will be many, many conversations and in a trump administration, we're going to go about creating a new relationship between our two countries. but it is going to be a fair relationship. we want fairness. but to fix our immigration
system, we must change our leadership in washington and we must change it quickly. sadly, sadly, there is no other way. the truth is, our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized. but the facts are not known because the media won't report on them. the politicians won't talk about them. and the special interests spend a lot of money trying to cover them up because they are making an absolute fortune. that's the way it is. today on a very complicated and very difficult sub, you will get the truth. the fundamental problem with the immigration system in our country is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors,
political activists, and powerful, powerful politicians. that's all you can do. thank you. thank you. let me tell you who it does not serve. it does not serve you, the american people. doesn't serve you. when politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following. amnesty, open borders, lower wages, immigration reform. should mean something else entirely. it should mean improvements to our laws and policies, to make life better for american citizens.
but if we're going to make our immigration system work, then we have to be prepared to talk honestly and without fear about these important and very sensitive issues. for instance, we have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration and its impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills and general living conditions. these are valid concerns expressed by decent and patriotic citizens from all back grounds all over. we also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully a simulate. sometimes it is not going to work out. it is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to
thrive and flourish and love us. then there is the issue of security. countless innocent american lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws like they have to be enforced. i admit with many of the great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders. so many people. so many, many people. so sad. they will be joining me on the stage in a little while.
and i look forward to introducing -- these are amazing, amazing people. countless americans who have died in reason years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration and the administration that causes this horrible, horrible thought process. it is called hillary clinton. this includes incredible americans like 21-year-old sarah root, the man who killed her arrived at the border, entered federal custody, and then was released into the u.s. -- think of it. into the u.s. community under the policies of the white house, barack obama and hillary clinton. weak. weak, weak policies. weak and foolish policies.
he was released again after the crime and now he is out there at large. sarah had graduated from college with a 4.0, top student in her class. one day before her death. also among the victims of the obama/clinton open border policy was grant roanebeck. a 21-year-old convenience store clerk and a really good guy from mesa, arizona. a lot of you have known about gran. he was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member previously convicted of burglary, who had also been released from federal custody and they knew it was going to happen again. another victim is kate steinley, gunned down in a sanctuary city of san francisco by an illegal
immigrant deported five previous times. and they knew he was no good. then there is the case of 90-year-old earl olander who was brutally beaten and left to bleed to death. 90 years old and defenseless. the perpetrators were illegal immigrants with criminal records a mile long who did not meet obama administration standards for removal. and they knew it was going to happen. in california, a 64-year-old air force veteran, a great woman according to everybody that knew her, marilyn farris, was sexually assaulted and beaten to
death with a hammer. her killer had been arrested on multiple occasions but was never, ever deported despite the fact that everybody wanted him out. a 2011 report from the government accountability office found that illegal immigrants and other noncitizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to
their names. 25,000. on top of that, illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year. and this is what we get. for the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next ten years, we could provide 1 million at risk students with a school voucher
which so many people are wanting. while there are many illegal immigrants in our country who are good people, many, many, this doesn't change the fact most illegal immigrants are lower skilled workers with less education who compete directly against vulnerable american workers and that these illegal workers draw much more out from the system than they can ever possibly pay back and they're hurting a lot of our people that cannot get jobs under any circumstances. but these facts are never reported. instead, the media and my opponent discuss one thing and only one thing. the needs of people living here illegally, in many cases, by the way, they're treated better than our vets. not going to happen anymore,
folks. november 8. not going to happen anymore. the truth is, the central issue is not the needs of the 11 million illegal immigrants, or however many there may be, and honestly, we've been hearing that number for years. it is always 11 million. our government has no idea. it could be 3 million. it could be 30 million. they have no idea what the number is.
frankly, our government has no idea what they are doing on many, many fronts, folks. but whatever the number, that has never really been the central issue. it will never be a central issue. it doesn't matter from that standpoint. anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in washington. only the out of touch media elites think the biggest problem facing american side -- you know this, you know this, this is what they talk about, facing american society today is that there are 11 million illegal immigrants who don't have legal status. and they also think the biggest thing, and you know this, is not
nuclear, it is not isis, it is not russia, it is not china, it is global warming. to all the politicians, donors and special interests. hear these words from me and all of you today. there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and that issue is, the wellbeing of the american people. [ cheers and applause ] nothing even comes a close second. hillary clinton, for instance, talks constantly about her fears that families will be separated.
but she's not talking about the american families who have been permanently separated from their loved ones because of a preventable homicide. because of a preventable death. because of murder. no. she's only talking about families who come here in violation of the law. we will treat everyone living or residing in our country with great dignity. so important. we will be fair, just and compassionate to all. but our greatest compassion must be for our american citizens. [ chanting ] >> thank you.
president obama and hillary clinton -- have engaged in gross dereliction of duty by surrendering the safety of the american people to open borders, and you know it better than anybody right here in arizona. you know it. president obama and hillary clinton support sanctuary cities. they support tax and release on the border. they support visa overstays. they support the release of dangerous, dangerous, dangerous criminals from detention. and they support unconstitutional executive amnesty. hillary clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days,
and her plan will provide obamacare, social security, and medicare for illegal immigrants breaking the federal budget. on top of that, she promises uncontrolled, low skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for american workers and especially for african-american and hispanic workers within our country, our citizens. most incredibly, this is unbelievable, we have no idea who these people are, where they come from. i always say trojan horse. watch what's going to happen, folks. it's not going to be pretty.
this includes her plan to bring in 620,000 new refugees from syria and that region over a short period of time even yesterday when you were watching the news, you saw thousands and thousands of people coming in from syria. what is wrong with our politicians, our leaders, if we can call them that? what the hell are we doing. hard to believe, hard to believe. now that you've heard about hillary clinton's plan, about which she has not answered a single question, let me tell you about my plan. and you notice -- and you notice all the time for weeks and weeks they're debating my plan, what about this, what about that.
they never even mention her plan about immigration. they don't want to get into the quagmire. she doesn't know what she's doing, except open the doors and let everybody in. my plan was crafted with the input from federal immigration officers, very great people, among the top immigration experts anywhere in this country who represent workers, not corporations. very important to us. i also worked with lawmakers who led on this issue on behalf of american citizens for many years and most importantly i've met by the people directly impacted by these policies, so important. number one, are you ready? are you ready?
hundred percent. they don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall. and they're great people and great leaders, but they're going to pay for the wall. on day one we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. we will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors, that's the tunnels. remember that above and below. towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels and mexico, you know that, will work
with us. i really believe it. mexico will work with us. i absolutely believe it. and especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today, i really believe they want to solve this problem along with us and i'm sure they will. number two, we are going to end catch and release. we catch 'em? go ahead. we catch 'em, go ahead. under my administration anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came. and they'll be brought great distances. we're not dropping them right
across. they learned that. president eisenhower. they'd drop them right across and they'd come back. then when they flew them to long distance, all of a sudden that was the end. we will take them great distances, but we will take them to the country where they came from. okay? number three, number three, this is the one, i think it's so great, it's hard to believe people don't even talk about it. zero tolerance for criminal aliens. zero. zero. zero. they don't come in here, they don't come in here. according to federal data, there are at least 2 million -- 2 million, think of it -- criminal aliens now inside of our country. 2 million people, criminal
aliens. we will begin moving them out day one as soon as i take office, day one. in joint operation with local, state and federal law enforcement. just so you understand, the police who we all respect, say hello to the police. boy, they don't get the credit they deserve, i can tell you. they're great people. but police and law enforcement, they know who these people are. they live with these people. they get mocked by these people. they can't do anything about these people and they want to. they know who these people are. day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone!
you can call it deported if you want, the press doesn't like that term, you can call it whatever you want, they're gone. beyond the 2 million and there are vast numbers of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled, but their days have run out in this country, the crime will stop, they're going to be gone, it will be over. they're going out fast, moving forward. we will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever and they will be placed into immediate removal
proceedings if we even have to do that. we will terminate the obama administration's deadly -- and it is deadly -- nonenforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely walk our streets, do whatever they want to do, crime all over the place. that's over. that's over, folks. that's over. since 2013 alone, the obama administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into united states communities. these are individuals encountered or identified by ice but who were not detained or processed for deportation
because it wouldn't have been politically correct. my plan also includes cooperating closely with local jurisdictions to remove criminal aliens immediately. we will restore the highly successful secure communities program. good program. we will expand and revitalize the popular 287 g partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails. that we don't even know about. both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration and those were programs that worked. this is yet one more area where
we are headed in a totally opposite direction. there's no common sense, there's no brain power in our administration by our leader or our leaders. none. none. none. on my first day in office, i am also going to ask congress to pass kate's law, named for kate to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong, mandatory minimum sentences. strong. and then we get 'em out. another reform i'm proposing is the passage of legislation named for detective michael davis and
deputy sheriff danny oliver, two law enforcement officers recently killed by a previously deported illegal immigrant. the davis oliver bill will ensure that criminal immigrants and terrorists are really swiftly identified and removed and they will go fast, believe me, they're going to go fast. we are going to triple the number of ice deportation officers. within ice, i am going to create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and quickly removing the dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in america who have evaded justice, just like hillary clinton has evaded justice, okay.
maybe they'll be able to deport her. the local police who know every one of these criminals, and they know each and every one, by name, by crime, where they live, they will work so fast and our local police will be so happy that they don't have to be abused by these thugs anymore. there's no great mystery to it. they've put up with it for years. finally we have turned the tables and law enforcement and police will be allowed to clear up this dangerous and threatening mess.
we're also going to hire 5,000 more border patrol agents who gave me their endorsement, 16,500 gave me their endorsement, and put more of them on the border instead of behind desks. we will expand the number of border patrol stations significantly. i've had a chance to spend time with these incredible law enforcement officers, and i want to take a moment to thank them. what they do is incredible. and getting their endorsement means so much to me, more to me
really than i can say, means so much. first time they've ever endorsed a presidential candidate. number four, block funding for sanctuary cities. we block the funding. no more funding. we will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths, cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars and we will work with congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities. number five. cancel unconstitutional executive orders and enforce all immigration laws.
we will immediately terminate president obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. 5 million. and how about all of the millions that are waiting online going through the process legally. so unfair. hillary clinton has pledged to keep both of these illegal amnesty programs including the 2014 amnesty, which has been blocked by the united states supreme court. great. clinton has also pledged to add a third executive amnesty and, by the way, folks, she will be a
disaster for our country. a disaster. in so many other ways. and don't forget the supreme court of the united states. don't forget that when you go to vote on november 8th. and don't forget your second amendment and don't forget the repeal and replacement of obama care. and don't forget building up our depleted military. and don't forget taking care of our vets. don't forget our vets. they have been forgotten. clinton's plan would trigger a constitutional crisis unlike almost anything we have ever seen before. in effect, she would be abolishing the law making arm of congress in order to make her own laws and you've seen what
bad judgment she has. she has seriously bad judgment. can you imagine? in a trump station 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 i.c.e. 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. our enforcement priorities will
include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges, that is those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net along with millions of recent illegal arrivals and overstays who have come here under this current corrupt administration. number six. we are going to suspend the issuance of visas to anyplace where adequate screening cannot occur. according to data provided by the senate subcommittee on immigration and the national interests between 9/11 and the end of 2014, at least 380 foreign-born individuals were
convicted in terror cases inside the united states. right now the largest number of people are under investigation for exactly this than we've ever had in our country. our country is a mess. we don't even know what to look for anymore, folks. our country has to straighten out and we have to straighten out fast. the number is likely higher but the administration refuses to provide this information, even to congress. as soon as i enter office, i am going to ask the department of state, which has been brutalized by hillary clinton, brutalized, homeland security and the department of justice to begin a comprehensive review of these cases in order to develop a list
of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put in place. i call it extreme vetting, right? extreme vetting. i want extreme. it going to be so tough. if somebody comes in, that's fine but they're going to be good. it's extreme. and if people don't like it, we got to have a country, folks. we got to have a country. countries from which immigration would be suspended would include places like syria and libya. and we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from syria. we have no idea who they are, where they come from, there's no documentation, there's no paperwork.
it's going to end badly, folks. it's going to end very, very badly. for the price of resettling one refugee in the united states, 12 could be resettled in a safe zone in their home region, which i agree with 100%. we have to build safe zones and we'll get the money from the gulf states. we don't want to put up the money. we owe almost $20 trillion, double since obama took office. our national debt. but we will get the money from gulf states and others. we'll supervise it. we'll build safe zones, which is something that i think all of us want to see. another reform involves new screening tests for all applicants that include, and this is so important, especially if you get the right people and we will get the right people, an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share
our values and love our people. thank you. we're very proud of our country, aren't we, really. with all it's going through, we're very proud of our country. for instance, in the last five years we've admitted nearly 100,000 immigrants from iraq and afghanistan and these two countries, according to pew research, a majority of residents say that the barbaric practice of honor killings against women are often or sometimes justified. that's what they say.
that's what they say, they're justified, right? and we're admitting them to our country. applicants will be asked for their views about honor killings, about respect for women and gays and minorities, attitudes on radical islam, which our president refuses to say and many other topics as part of this vetting procedure. and if we have the right people doing it, believe me, very, very few will slip through the cracks. hopefully none. number seven, we will ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported. there are at least 23 countries that refuse to take their people back after they've been ordered to leave the united states, including large number of violent criminals.
they won't take them back so we say, okay, we'll keep them. not going to happen with me, folks, not going to happen with me. due to a sport decision, if these violent defenders cannot be sent home, our law enforcement officers have to release them into your communities. and, by the way, the results are horrific. horrific. there are often terrible consequences, such as casey chadwick's tragic death in connecticut last year, yet despite the existence of a law that commands the secretary of state to stop issuing visas to these countries, secretary hillary clinton ignored this law and refused to leave this powerful tool to bring nations into compliance and they would
comply if we would act properly. in other words, if we had leaders that knew what they were doing, which we don't. the result of her misconduct was the release of thousands and thousands of dangerous criminal aliens who should have been isn't home to their countries. instead, we have them all over the place. probably a couple in this room, as a matter of fact. but i hope not. according to a report from the "boston globe" from the year 2008 to 2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into u.s. communities because their home countries would not under any circumstances take them back. hard to believe with the power we have, hard to believe. we're like the big bully that
keeps getting beat up. you ever see that? the big bully that keeps getting beat up. these 13,000 releases occurred on hillary clinton's watch. she had the power and the duty to stop it cold and she decided she would not do it. and arizona knows better than most exactly what i'm talking about. those include individuals accused of killings, sexual assaults. a review of criminal released from 2008 to 2012 found as many as 30% committed new offenses, including rape, murder and child molestation.
we take 'em. we take 'em. number eight, we will finally complete the biometric exit visa tracking system, which we need desperately. is -- for years it has been required but it's never been completed. the politicians are all talk, no action. never happens. never happens. hillary clinton, all talk. unfortunately when there is action, it's always the wrong decision. did you ever notice? in my administration, we will ensure that this system is in place and i will tell you, it will be on land, it will be on sea, it will be in air, we will have a proper tracking system. approximately half of new
illegal immigrants came on temporary visas and then never, ever left. why should they? nobody's telling them to leave. stay as long as you want, we'll take care of you. beyond violating our laws, visa overstays pose, and they really are a big problem, pose a substantial threat to national security. the 9/11 commission said this tracking system should be a high priority and would have assisted law enforcement and intelligence officials in august and september 2001 in conducting a search for two of the 9/11 hijackers that were in the united states on expired visas. and you know what that would have meant, what that could have meant. wouldn't that have been wonderful, right, what that could have meant. last year alone nearly half a
million individuals overstayed their temporary visas. removing visa overstays will be a top priority of my administration. if people around the world believe they can just come on a temporary visa and never, ever leave, the obama/clinton policy, that's what it is, then we have a completely open border and we no longer have a country. we must send a message that visa expiration dates will be strongly enforced. number nine, we will turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. we will ensure that everify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law and we will work with congress to expand and strengthen its use around the country. immigration law doesn't exist
for the purpose of keeping criminals out. it exists to protect all aspect 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 enforce the laws against crime, then we have an open border to the entire world. we will enforce all of our immigration laws. and the same goes for government benefits. the center for immigration studies estimates that 62% of households headed by illegal immigrants use some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs like food stamps or housing assistance. tremendous costs. by the way, to our country, tremendous costs.
this directly violates the federal public charge law designed to protect the united states treasury. those who abuse our welfare system will be priorities for immediate removal. . >> number ten, we will reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of america and its workers, the forgotten people, workers. we're going to take care of our workers. and by the way, and by the way, we're going to make great trade deals, renegotiate trade deals, bring your jobs back home. we're going to bring our jobs back home. we have the most incompetently worked trade deals ever negotiated probably in the history of the world, and that starts with nafta. now they want to go dpp, one of
the great disasters. year we're going to bring our jobs back home and if companies want to leave arizona and other states, there's going to be a lot of trouble for them. not easy. there will be consequence. remember that. there will be consequence. they're not going to be leaving. go to another country, make the product and sell into the united states and all we end up with is no taxes and total unemployment, it's not going to happen. there will be consequences. we've admitted 59 million immigrants to the united states between 1965 and 2016, many of these arrivals have greatly enriched our country, so true. but we now have an obligation to them and to their children to control future immigration. as we have following, if you
think, previous immigration waves. we've had some big waves, and tremendously positive things have happened. incredible things have happened. to ensure assimilation, we want to make sure that it works. assimilation is an important word. integration and upward mobility. within just a few years, immigration as a share of national population is set to break all historical records. the time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals. to keep immigration levels measured by population share within historical norms. to select immigrants based on
their likelihood of success in u.s. society, and their ability to be financially self-sufficient. we take anybody, come on in anybody, just come on in. not anymore. you know folks, it's called a two-way street. it is a two-way street. we need a system that serves our needs, not the needs of others. remember under a trump administration, it's called america first. remember that. to choose immigrants based on merit. merit. skill and proficiency. doesn't that sound nice? and to establish new immigration
controls, to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to american workers first, and that in particular african-american and latino workers who are being shut out in this process to unfairly. and hillary clinton is going to do nothing for the african-american worker, the latino worker she's going to do nothing. give me your vote she says on november 8, and then seal say 0 so long. see you in four years. she's been there 35 years and done nothing. and i say, what do you have to lose? choose me. watch how good we're going to do together. watch, you watch.
we want people to come intoey you are country, but they have to come into our country legally and properly vetted and in a manner that serves the national interest. we've been living under outdated immigration rules from decades ago. they're decades and decades old. so avoid this happening in the future, i believe we should sunset our visa laws so that congress is forces to periodically revise and revisit them to bring them up to date. they're archaic, ancient. wouldn't put entire federal budget on autopilot for decades so why do the same for the very complex subject of immigration?
so let's now talk about the big picture. these ten steps, if rigorously followed and enforced, will accomplish more in a matter of months than our politicians have accomplished on this issue in the last 50 years. it's going to happen folks. because i am proudly not a politician. because i am not beholden to any special interest, i've spent a lot of money on my campaign i tell you. i write those checks. nobody owns trump. i will get this done for you and for your family. we'll do it right. you'll be proud of our country again. we'll do it right. we will accomplish all of the steps outlined above, and when we do, peace and law and justice
and prosperity will prevail. crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and the gangs are all over the place. and welfare use will decrease. we will have a peace dividend to spend on rebuilding america, beginning with our american inner cities. we're going to rebuild them. for once and for all. for those here lil legally today, seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only, to return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that i have outlined
above. those who have left to seek entry -- thank you. thank you. those who have left to seek entry under this new system, and it will be an efficient system, will not be awarded surplus visas but will have to apply for entry under the immigration caps or limits that will be established in the future. we will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. we will break the cycle. there will be no amnesty. 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. this declaration alone will help stop the crisis of illegal crossings and ill legal overstays, very important. people will know that you can't just smuggle in, hunker down and wait to be legalized. not going to work that way. those days are over. 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. that discussion can take place only in an atmosphere in which illegal immigration is a memory of the past, no longer with us, allowing us to weigh the different options available based on the new circumstances at the time. right now, however, we're i