Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Takes His Tough Talk on Immigration to Phoenix

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Takes His Tough Talk on Immigration to Phoenix

Article excerpt

LAS VEGAS * Business developer and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump declared Saturday that the problem of illegal immigration needed to be solved but drew scattered groans when he suggested that a wall should be built along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a break from the immigration rhetoric that has garnered him condemnation and praise, Trump asserted that he would have more positive results in dealing with China and Russia if he were president and said he could be pals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to a gathering of Libertarians in Las Vegas before headlining an event in Phoenix, Trump continued his blistering criticism of immigration policy.

He repeated his charge that Mexico was sending violent offenders to the U.S. to harm Americans and that U.S. officials were being "dumb" in dealing with immigrants in the country illegally.

"These people wreak havoc on our population," he said in a speech that was long on insults aimed at critics and short on solutions to the problems he cited. …

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