Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says that undocumented immigrants in the US
have been treated better than veterans.
“In many cases, illegal immigrants are taken much better care of by this country than our veterans,” Trump said at a Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on Sunday. “We’re not going to allow that to happen any longer.”
He promised to provide better health care, build a stronger military and make new donations to veterans causes.
“We’re gonna rebuild our military,” told supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. “And we’re gonna take care of our veterans. Our veterans have been treated so badly in this country.”
Trump has repeatedly asserted that his televised January fundraiser for veterans took in $6 million, but his assertions have thrown into question recently.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets with unidentified members of Bikers for Trump during the annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run May 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo).
On Sunday, he said his campaign would be hold a press conference on Tuesday when it will be disclosed where the donations went.
Trump also repeated his claims about immigrants, saying “We are going to have a real wall,” which he said will be paid for by “Mexico.”
The business mogul has promised, if elected president in 2016, to expel undocumented immigrants in the United States
and build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
“They say you’ll never be able to build a wall,” Trump said on March 2. “Well, it’s 2,000 miles but we really need 1,000 miles. The Great Wall of China, built 2,000 years ago, is 13,000 miles, folks, and they didn’t have Caterpillar tractors.”
He has also said he would threaten to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law to cut off a portion of the funds sent to Mexico through money transfers.
According to the Mexican central bank, nearly $25 billion was sent home by Mexicans living abroad in 2015, mostly in the form of money transfers. Trump said that “the majority of that amount comes from illegal aliens.”
Trump’s campaign has been defined by controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.