Donald Trump repeats vow to build wall on US-Mexico border

July 22, 2016 5:30 pm

Republican presidential
candidate speaks during the Republican National Convention
on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP photo)

US
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has reiterated his vows to
build a wall along the US-Mexican border in a bid to stop illegal
immigration and drug trafficking.

“We
are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to
stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into
our communities,” Trump said in the Republican National Convention in
Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday.
The
Republican presidential nominee has already stated that sends
“criminals” and “rapists” across the border and that he will force the
neighboring government to pay for the giant wall to keep illegal
migrants out.
Trump’s proposal
of the construction of a 2,000-mile wall on the US-Mexico border has
been met with strong criticism both at home and abroad.

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington DC, on July 20, 2016. (AFP)

In
May, US President Barack Obama slammed the Republican nominee’s
incendiary rhetoric against immigrants and the border wall construction
plan.
“Suggesting that we can
build an endless wall along our borders and blame our challenges on
immigrants, that does not just run counter to our history as the world
melting pot,” Obama said.
“It
contradicts the evidence that our growth and our innovation and our
dynamism has always been spurred by our ability to attract strivers from
every corner of the globe,” he said.
Mexican
President Enrique Pena Nieto also rejected Trump’s proposal as to the
payment for the wall by his country and likened the real estate mogul to
German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“I have to say that I regret (the plan), and of course, I can’t agree with this American politician’s position,” Nieto said.
“That’s
how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in, they took advantage of a
situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the
time, after an economic crisis,” he said. “We don’t want that happening
anywhere in the world.”
Meanwhile,
Pope Francis questioned Trump’s Christianity over his call to build a
border wall with Mexico, saying, “A person who thinks only about
building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not
Christian. This is not in the gospel.”

A
woman speaks with her husband through the US-Mexico border fence in
Playas de Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, on July 3, 2016. (AFP)

In
his acceptance speech for the Republican Party’s nomination, the New
York businessman also implicitly pointed out to the banning of Muslims
from entering the US, saying, “We must immediately suspend immigration
from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time
as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.”
Trump
made the remarks despite condemnations by Muslim and human rights
groups as well as his Democratic rivals who describe the proposal as
divisive, counterproductive and contrary to American values.

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