In a speech on the final day of the Republican convention, newly crowned Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to fight illegal immigration and create more jobs.
Trump promised to put in place an immigration system “that works, but one that works for the American people”.
“Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied, and every politician who has denied them to listen very closely to the words I am about to say. On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the US are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone….But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton…Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief,” Trump said in his acceptance speech in Cleveland.
“Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve….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…We don’t want them in our country,” the New York billionaire said amidst applause.
Trump had earlier called for a complete ban on Muslims from entering the country, which had drawn widespread global condemnation.
The real estate tycoon also called himself the “law and order candidate” who would “put America first” and bring back jobs.
“This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them in every way and on every level,” said Trump.
He also accused President Barack Obama of sowing disunity along racial lines.
“The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and colour, has made America a more dangerous environment for everyone….crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon, come to an end,” he added.
He also lashed out against his opponent presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness… America is far less safe and the world is far less stable than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy. I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets,” lashed out Trump.
(With inputs from agencies)