Amid the recent controversy that surfaced after Donald Trump spoke out on the issue of illegal immigration, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani opened up about Trump’s views, stating that the real estate mogul touched on important points regarding crime in America.
MSNBC reports that Giuliani indicated in an interview on Monday that although he doesn’t agree with how harsh Trump was when he made his speech, he does agree that there are a few immigrants that are increasing the crime rates. However, he was quick to add that he thinks that the majority of illegal immigrants are decent, hardworking people.
Giuliani’s response comes after Trump’s Presidential announcement speech, in which he indicated that Mexico is intentionally “pushing the bad ones” into the United States, such as drug runners, rapists, and other criminals.
Giuliani indicated that he’s good friends with Trump, but responded by saying that Trump should have worded his speech differently; a speech that offended numerous people.
“Most of the people who come in … come in to work. Because people can come in illegally — terrorists, drug dealers, rapists, murderers, all of whom I’ve prosecuted at one time or another are able to get in, so I would have said it differently, but I do think he’s got on to an issue that is important, which is making our borders secure and we have failed at that.”
Yet, Giuliani also feels that Trump made a valid point in tightening up border security, as just a few illegal immigrants with criminal intent have the power to do a lot of damage.
“We’ve failed at it for quite some time and we need to have a plan so that we can stop people from coming into this country without identifying themselves. Even if most of them are good people, if a few of them can set off bombs, if a few of them can kill people like one did over the weekend, if a few of them can rape people, then what are we doing?”
Trump hasn’t yet commented on Giuliani’s response, but he holds firm in what he said during his speech. On Monday, he reiterated his beliefs, although he did indicate that he has great respect for the people of Mexico, just not the criminals.
“I don’t see how there is any room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the statement I made on June 16th during my Presidential announcement speech.”
Regardless, Trump’s speech on illegal immigration has led to companies dropping his shows, including Univision and NBC, where the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants are now canceled. The shows were a joint venture between the television networks and Trump.
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