"I would build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build 'em very inexpensively—I will build a great, great wall on our Southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words."
The Context: One of the primary topics of Trump's announcement is US competition with other countries, stating that "we don't beat" countries like China, Japan, and Mexico "anymore," but rather that they are "killing us." Trump says these countries have "taken" our jobs and money, and that as a result the US has become a "dumping ground" for "people that have lots of problems." He specifically cites those coming from Mexico, from "all over South and Latin America," and "probably from the Middle East." In addition to building a Mexican-funded wall on the 1,954-mile US-Mexico border, his list of immediate actions as president include repealing Obamacare, being "tougher" on ISIS than anyone else, finding a General Patton or General MacArthur figure to lead the US Army, preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and supporting the right to bear arms.
Several candidates' announcement speeches have included personal anecdotes about their immigrant families. Others have made specific overtures to immigrant communities within the US. (Consider referencing Jeb Bush's announcement speech and yesterday's map of non-English speakers.) With this in mind, and given Trump's assertions on immigration and border security, we asked: