Donald Trump gave his anticipated speech on immigration last night in Phoenix, Arizona, a couple of hours after his disappointing meeting with Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto, which would finally clarify his detailed agenda on this controversial issue.
Is Trump softening his plan to remove "11 million undocumented immigrants?" Is he willing to allow amnesty for certain immigrants, and, more importantly, is he still going to build the wall, and if so, will Mexico pay for it?
These points needed to be addressed, especially after he called Mexico's president his friend, and all eyes were on him during his speech last night to do it.
"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," Trump said.
It took him a while to get started, but when Trump unleashed his plan, which he numbered, it was completely in line with everything he has been saying since day one. There was literally no softening on his immigration plan whatsoever.
Trump said that after speaking with Peña Nieto, they came to the agreement that they both want to end "the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns, and people across our border, and to put the cartels out of business."
7) "We will insure that other countries take their people back when they order them deported," Trump said.
His next two on the list include:
8)"We will finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system which we need desperately."
9) "We will turn off the jobs and benefits magnet."
Trump went on to say that according to the Center for Immigration Studies, "62% of households headed by illegal immigrants use some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs like food stamps or housing assistance."
But that is clearly false because as the Los Angeles Times reports, that most welfare programs require proof of legal status.
"In addition, legal immigrants can’t receive these public benefits until they have been in the U.S. for more than five years," the LA Times reported. "Immigrants who are not U.S. citizens are about 25% less likely to sign up for Medicaid than native-born counterparts. They are also 37% less likely to receive food stamps, according to a 2013 Cato Institute study."