Before Donald Trump’s big speech on Immigration on Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama were on stage. Any why exactly is this news? Well, because of the caps they wore during their speeches, which had the phrase “Make Mexico great again also” imprinted on them.
Rudy Giuliani's hat says "MAKE MEXICO GREAT AGAIN ALSO." pic.twitter.com/qydTO4ALdX
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) September 1, 2016
Jeff Sessions wore it too! This is beyond amazing pic.twitter.com/nIngOji4c8
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 1, 2016
This is the first time such a hat has been worn in Trump’s campaign. And the first appearance of these hats comes only hours after Trump’s big diplomatic visit to Mexico, his first International visit as the republican presidential nominee.
The new headwear of the Trump campaign looks exactly the same as their popular “Make America Great Again” cap. Trump’s campaign reportedly spent a total of $207,868 on hats and $120,174 on ads in June, according to CNN Money.
During the event in Phoenix, the Republican Nominee delivered a much-awaited speech on his immigration policy; all this only hours after his diplomatic visit to Mexico City earlier in the day. And while Trump seemed a bit quieter and “diplomatic” in Mexico City, he rejected implications claiming that he was going soft on the very idea that had sky-rocketed his campaign, reassuring his potential voters and the American people that there would be “no amnesty” for undocumented immigrants living in the United States and that he would in fact build the great wall that he has promised to build since the beginning of his presidential campaign. Trump even went on to claim that the Mexican government would pay for this “beautiful” and “impenetrable” wall, when just hours earlier the country’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, had made it clear that they wouldn’t.
Trump just failed his first foreign test. Diplomacy isn't as easy as it looks. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 1, 2016
Trump’s visit to Mexico was dismissed by former secretary of state and the democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, who pointed out the inconsistency between Trump’s claim and that of President Nieto. While Trump was claiming during his speech in Phoenix that the Mexican government would pay to build the wall, the Mexican president tweeted that their had been no such agreement. President Enrique Peña Nieto revealed that while the two had discussed the prospect of building a wall between their borders, he had made it clear at the beginning of their conversation that the Mexican government would not be paying for it.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
His tweet translates to :
“At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.”
And while Trump may want to “make Mexico great again also”, the people of Mexico weren’t particularly pleased with Trump’s visit on Wednesday. There were several protests in Mexico City against his visit.
There had been several implications that Trump might have been going soft on his earlier views on immigration. His “quiet” visit to Mexico, and the “Make Mexico great again also” hats might have suggested likewise. But Trump proved all such claims wrong in his big speech on Wednesday night in Phoenix, Arizona.
“You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”
In his speech, Trump sent a clear message regarding his policy on immigration, claiming that he would make a special task force to remove illegal immigrants of criminal disposition, and that he would revoke President Obama’s amnesty to some undocumented immigrants, the so-called “Dreamers.” Trump did not explicitly discuss the 11 million undocumented immigrants without criminal backgrounds and did not back his earlier vows that he would deport all of them. He did however claim that under his presidency, there would be no path to legal status for the undocumented immigrants living illegally in the United States.
“For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for re-entry under the rules of the new legal immigration system.”
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