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Trump Still Calling For 'Great Wall' At Southern Border

| by Robert Fowler
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to constructing a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Trump campaign has been making assurances about the wall amid speculation the business mogul is softening his immigration stance.

On Aug. 28, Trump took to Twitter to announce that he would be making a speech outlining his immigration policy in Arizona on Aug. 31.

“I will be making a major speech on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION on Wednesday in the GREAT State of Arizona,” Trump tweeted out.

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On Aug. 30, a day before his speech, the GOP nominee took to Twitter again to assure his supporters that he was still committed to constructing a wall.

“From day one I said that I was going to build a great wall on the SOUTHERN BORDER, and much more,” Trump tweeted. “Stop illegal immigration. Watch Wednesday!”

Trump had originally been scheduled to outline his immigration stance in Colorado on Aug. 25. That speech was canceled after reports broke that he had promised Hispanic leaders a less severe immigration policy that week.

The Trump campaign told The Denver Post that the Colorado event had been canceled because “the speech [Trump] was planning on giving is still being modified.”

On Aug. 28, former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City attempted to clarify Trump’s evolving stance on immigration during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

“He’s going to go after the most dangerous criminals first, then the less dangerous criminals second,” Giuliani said. “And by the time we get there, then we’ll see what our population is of non-criminal illegal immigrants.”

The former mayor added that Trump’s proposed border wall would be “technological as well as a physical wall ... that can detect people 5, 6 miles away.”

Giuliani’s comments gave the impression that Trump may be proposing a wall that relies heavily on digital technology, meaning it may not be entirely physical.

On Aug. 30, the Trump campaign’s communications adviser, Jason Miller, also appeared on “Fox and Friends.”

Miller attempted to clarify Giuliani’s statement, insisting that the GOP nominee is not flip-flopping on a key campaign promise.

“What you’ve seen with Mr. Trump is he’s been remarkably consistent in his pledge to end illegal immigration,” Miller said. “We’re going to build a wall, we’re going to secure our borders ... there will be a physical wall.”

Miller declined to answer whether the proposed border wall would stretch across the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sources: The Denver PostFox News via YouTube (2), Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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