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Donald Trump: Mexico More Cunning On Immigration than America

Over the weekend, Donald Trump has continued to make headlines after a series of speeches in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona where he alleged the Mexican government was "pushing" undocumented immigrants to the U.S. to avoid dealing with them themselves. Trump also said that Mexico has been getting away with the scheme because they are “smart” and President Obama and his administration are “stupid” - a situation which can only be fixed if he leads the charge to “take back our country.”

During his speech in Phoenix, Trump said “Every time Mexico - really intelligently - sends people over we charge Mexico $100,000 for every person they send over. Now they make so much money that that's peanuts. I could've made it much higher - but I'm nice. I'm in a good mood today.” According to the Pew Research Center, there are some 5.9million undocumented Mexicans in the country already, though it is difficult to judge the rate at which they are coming and going.

He also defended the rights of legal immigrants, pointing out that he married one of them. He stated “I love legal immigration. I love it, I think it's great. My wife is a legal immigrant! She went through a whole long process, it's not easy. We should maybe make it easier and faster - which I think is fine - and we'll have great people come in.” Speaking earlier in Las Vegas, he also revealed that he would scrap sanctions against Russia were he to become President - and said that he would ‘get along nicely’ with the country’s president Vladimir Putin.

That first speech was an important test for Trump as it was at FreedomFest, which bills itself as the largest libertarian conference in America with many delegates from the Tea Party wing. In addition, the crowd went wild when he invited Jamiel Shaw onto the stage, a father from Los Angeles whose 17-year-old son was shot dead by an illegal immigrant. Shaw also went to Phoenix with Trump and spoke alongside him there. In an emotional speech, Shaw said that Trump ‘loves America’ and was ‘willing to sacrifice his life’ for his country and urged them to trust him.

To date, Trump's blunt talk has pushed him to 15 percent of the vote, beating Jeb Bush who is at 11 percent. Trump said of Bush, "I don't see him as a factor." FreedomFest at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, a five-day conference attended by 2,000 people, was a crucial test. The crowd clapped when Trump called Obamacare a disaster. Trump then suggested that Mexico was deliberately sending its criminals to the US so that they don’t have to pay for them to be kept in jail.

He said “I love the Mexican people. I loved the spirit of the Mexican people. I respect Mexico. The problem is their leaders are much smarter than our leaders. Their negotiators are much tougher than our negotiators. They are much more cunning. And they kill us at the border. People flow through like water. And they send people through that they don’t want. Do you remember the old days with (Fidel) Castro where he emptied his jails and sent them all to the United States? Well Mexico does similar things in a much more sophisticated manner.”

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