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Donald Trump Calls for Deporting Undocumented Immigrants, Letting Some Back In

Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media after exiting his plane during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas.
Matthew Busch—Getty Images Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media after exiting his plane during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas.

Donald Trump gave his most specific outline of immigration policy to date in an interview Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN, the businessman and Republican presidential candidate said he would deport all of the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, although he didn’t clearly explain how he would find them.

But then Trump, who controversially said many Mexican illegal immigrants are “rapists” during his campaign launch, said he would provide a way for “the good ones” to reenter the country legally, although he does not support a path to full citizenship. “Legal status,” he said. “We got to move ’em out, we’re going to move ’em back in if they’re really good people.”

Trump was vague about whether he would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to stay: “It’s a tough situation,” he said, and, “it depends.”

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Donald Trump Is Not as Aggressive on Immigration As He Sounds

Among the Republican presidential field, Donald Trump has had some of the harshest words for undocumented immigrants. But when it comes to the actual policies he supports, he’s much less aggressive than he appears.

The New York real estate mogul kicked off his campaign with some sharp words about undocumented immigrants from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He then doubled down, arguing that as President he would make Mexico build a wall along the border. “You force them because we give them a fortune,” he said in an interview with CNN. “Mexico makes a fortune because of us. A wall is a tiny little peanut compared to that. I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall.”

Those comments drew criticism from parts of the Republican establishment as well as many Hispanics, but they were part of an overall sales pitch that helped push Trump toward the head of the pack. A Fox News poll at the end of June showed Trump in second place behind Jeb Bush, with his support more than doubling since those controversial statements.

But when it came time to discuss the actual policies he’d support, Trump was not nearly as harsh.

On July 23, he told CNN that he would not actually build a wall the entire length of the border with Mexico. “In certain sections, you have to have a wall,” he said.

On MSNBC the next day, Trump endorsed a “merit system” for the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country—something that sounds a lot like a path to some sort of legal status, if not citizenship.

“I have to tell you, some of these people have been here; they’ve done a good job; in some cases sadly they’ve been living under the shadows,” he said. “We have to do something. … Somebody’s been outstanding, we (ought to) try to work something out.”

That puts Trump to the left of, say, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose campaign told TIME in May that he would not support a pathway to legal status or citizenship under any circumstances. And it puts him in line with other Republican candidates, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who have endorsed some kind of legal status but not citizenship.

Trump was never as aggressive on the issue as his campaign launch made it seem. In the past, he’d even gone after Republicans for taking too harsh a tack against immigrants.

In the wake of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Trump blasted him for a “mean-spirited” policy suggestion during the GOP primary that the U.S. should make daily life uncomfortable enough for undocumented immigrants that they would simply leave.

“He had a crazy policy of self-deportation which was maniacal,” Trump told Newsmax at the time. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote.”

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Asian Superpowers China and India Top List of Nations Whose Millionaires Move Abroad

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Tomohiro Ohsumi—Bloomberg/Getty Images The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, right, and commercial buildings are illuminated as they stand at dusk in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Tens of thousands of "high-net-worth individuals" have left to seek a better life overseas

We may be in the midst of “the Asian century,” but a new report shows that many of the wealthiest citizens of the continent’s two fastest-growing economies — China and India — have chosen to leave their countries and settle down abroad.

A total of 91,000 Chinese millionaires left the country and settled overseas in the past 14 years, while the exodus of Indian millionaires ranked second at 61,000, according to a report by consultancies New World Wealth and LIO Global. France, Italy, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa and Egypt round out the top eight.

The study, released this month, looked at immigration data from 2000 and 2014 indicating applications for a second citizenship or change of domicile (permanent residence).

The U.K. — its capital city London, in particular — appears to be the most popular destination for the world’s rich to settle down in, followed by the U.S, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. The report says Indians tend to move to countries like Australia and the United Arab Emirates, while Singapore and Hong Kong are popular destinations for China’s wealthy.

Despite the large-scale departure of millionaires, both China and India still have plenty of wealthy citizens who chose to stay back — reflected by their respective positions at fifth and 10th on the list of countries with the most millionaires overall. They also remain the world’s most populous nations, sharing a third of the global population.

Those who leave generally cite reasons like “turmoil in home country, security concerns and optimizing education of children,” the report said.

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Donald Trump Unapologetic on Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border

But says he was treated "very nicely"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid a visit to the U.S-Mexico border Thursday, where he refused to apologize to those he offended when he suggested that many of those who have entered the country illegally are “rapists.”

“They weren’t insulted,” Trump said, “because the press misinterprets my words.”

Trump said Thursday he was “treated very nicely” during his visit to Laredo, Tex., but said he was not changing any of his positions after the trip — he still believes that the nation needs a border wall, which he has claimed he will force Mexico to pay for.

“We were treated so nicely,” Trump told reporters. “We learned so much in such a short amount of time.”

Flanked by a half-dozen private security guards, as well as local police officers, Trump maintained that visiting the border was a hazardous move. “Well they say it’s a great danger, but I have to do it,” he told reporters shortly after stepping off his Boeing 757 jet. “There is great danger with the illegals…there is a tremendous danger from illegals from the border.”

But it was an assertion rejected by Rep. Henry Cuellar, the Democratic representative from Laredo, who told TIME the truth is anything but. “When he talks about violence, Laredo had 3 murders per 100,000 [in 2013], as opposed to Washington, D.C., where he wants to have a new job, where it’s 16 per 100,000. If you compare that to New York, where he lives, I can bet that Laredo is a lot safer.”

The city of nearly 250,000, is about 96% Hispanic, with 91 percent of residents speaking a language other than English at home.

Trump had planned to meet with the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 Executive Board at the Laredo airport before touring the border and meeting with other members of local law enforcement. But the union backed out early Thursday.

Trump also responded to questions about his threat to run as a third party candidate should he feel mistreated by the Republican National Committee. “I’m a Republican,” he said. “I’m a conservative. I want to run as a Republican. The best way to win is for me to get the nomination.”

Trump is all-but-assured a spot on the first GOP debate stage in Cleveland in two weeks.

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Donald Trump Faces Tough Sell in Latino City by Mexico Border

The GOP frontrunner enters a community outraged over his rhetoric

When Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, he will be a guest in the most Latino city in America, where more than 91 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home. In other words, he is not likely to be welcomed with open arms.

Trump, who has been on defense among Latinos after he called many illegal Mexican border-crossers rapists and criminals, plans to tour the city of nearly 250,000, which is about 96% Hispanic, to talk about his plans for border security. Rep. Henry Cuellar, the Democratic congressman who was born in Laredo, says the bombastic GOP presidential candidate could hardly have chosen a worse city.

“Laredo is a special place,” Cuellar told TIME. “He’s going to see that the congressman from that area—that’s me—his parents were born in Mexico and became naturalized citizens. There are two Hispanic federal judges there, one of then born in Mexico. He’s going to see the border sheriff there, my brother, is Hispanic. Many of the CBP officers and law enforcement he’s meeting—a lot of them are Hispanics or of Mexican descent.”

A recent poll by Univision found that 79% of American Latino’s found Trump’s comments about border crossers offensive. Cuellar pointed to federal crime statistics rebutting Trump’s claims that the border area is less safe than the rest of the country.

“When he talks about violence, Laredo had 3 murders per 100,000 [in 2013], as opposed to Washington, D.C., where he wants to have a new job, where it’s 16 per 100,000. If you compare that to New York, where he lives, I can bet that Laredo is a lot safer.”

In fact, the FBI’s listing top ten cities with the highest murder rate do not include a single city on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said in his announcement speech. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Cuellar said that despite the rhetoric, the people of his city will still be respectful of the reality television star and real estate magnate.

“He’s going to see that Laredo’s a welcoming city,” Cuellar told TIME. “No matter how extreme the positions are, they are going to treat him with respect. They are not going to agree with him at all, but they’ll be respectful.”

“If he said we had to work on border security, a lot of people, including myself, would have agreed with him,” Cuellar continued. “But those words are very strong words and we are just offended by that type of language.”

Trump’s trip is off to a rocky start even before his plane touches down. Trump planned to meet with the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 Executive Board at the Laredo airport, before meeting with law enforcement after touring the border.

In a statement, the union said it was backing out of all Trump events.

“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump,” the statement said.

Trump responded in a statement blasting the union, claiming they were silenced by superiors.

“Despite the great danger, Mr. Trump is traveling to Laredo, TX to proceed with the visit to the border,” he said in a statement. “It is unfortunate the local union of Border Patrol Agents received pressure at a national level not to participate and ultimately pulled out of today’s event. They are being silenced, and are very unhappy about it, as told directly to Mr. Trump. It can only be assumed that there are things the politicians in Washington do not want Americans to see or discuss. It shows that we are not even safe in our own country.”

Cuellar said he encourages candidates to visit Laredo and the border, adding that Hillary Clinton, whom he is a “strong support of” visited twice during her 2008 run. “The border is about more than just more border security, it’s about commerce, about a dynamic place,” he said, saying candidates should visit to see that. “If you want to talk about violence, it’s a lot safer along the border than in other places.”

“He’s a smart man. He’s a smart guy. He knows what words are going to bring reaction,” Cuellar said. “I don’t know if in his heart he really believes what he says, but he’s using words to get reaction in a Republican primary.”

Cuellar scoffed at Trump’s assertion that he would win over the Latino vote in the general election.

“Somebody who uses words like Trump,” he said, “will not win a general election.”

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Border Patrol Union Dumps Trump Ahead of His Visit

The presidential hopeful will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday

The union representing border patrol agents has backed out of a tour with Donald Trump when he visits the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump,” the Laredo, Texas branch of the union said in a statement.

Trump’s office put out a statement Thursday saying, “Despite the great danger, Mr. Trump is traveling to Laredo, TX to proceed with the visit to the border” and that Local 2455 “[was] totally silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border — every bit as bad as Mr. Trump has been saying.”

Trump’s trip to Texas was sure to stir up controversy, as the billionaire real estate mogul and presidential candidate has taken a hard line on immigration since his announcement speech, when he first referred to illegal immigrants as “rapists.”

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Donald Trump to Visit Mexico Border

Trump will meet with members of the union that represents border control agents

(NEWARK, N.J.) — Donald Trump has announced plans to visit the Mexico-Texas border this week, a trip that comes as he continues to condemn illegal immigration and lashes out at critics who have become increasingly critical of the Republican businessman’s presidential bid.

Trump will travel to Laredo, Texas on Thursday, where he will hold a press conference at the border and meet with members of the union that represents border control agents, his campaign said Wednesday. The billionaire reality television star plans to address the law enforcement community at a local reception hall.

Trump has dominated the Republican presidential primary election in recent weeks, beginning when he described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals in his announcement speech last month.

On Tuesday, he pulled a classic adolescent prank on a rival who dared to criticize him, a bit of payback reminiscent of writing the phone number of a nemesis on a wall with the message “Call me.”

After Sen. Lindsey Graham called Trump “the world’s biggest jackass” during a television interview, the billionaire developer read Graham’s personal cellphone number and showed it to TV cameras at a campaign event.

In the Capitol on Wednesday, Graham was chatting on his flip phone as he rode the elevator. Asked if he would be getting a new one, he laughed and said yes. He later said he would be changing his number.

Later, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., came up behind him, clapped a hand on his back and said, “I’ve been trying to call you, but I haven’t been able to get through!”

The back-and-forth is the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Trump and those who criticize him. He is now at odds with much of the Republican establishment after a series of incendiary comments, topped by his weekend mocking of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s experience as a tortured prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Since then Trump has intensified his criticism of McCain and his record on veterans issues in the Senate, even as politicians from both parties and veterans groups have rushed to McCain’s defense.

In a speech Tuesday to hundreds of supporters in Bluffton, South Carolina, Trump kept on McCain, accusing him of being soft on illegal immigration.

“He’s totally about open borders and all this stuff,” Trump said.

The real estate developer also went after others who have criticized him in recent weeks, implying that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was unintelligent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush weak.

McCain sparked Trump’s temper last week when the senator said the businessman’s inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants had brought out the “crazies.” McCain said Tuesday he would no longer respond to Trump’s comments.

Graham, a McCain friend and one of the 16 notable Republicans running for the presidential nomination, betrayed the growing exasperation and anger of many in the party when he appeared earlier on “CBS This Morning.”

“Don’t be a jackass,” Graham said. “Run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.”

He said Trump had “crossed the line with the American people” and predicted this would be “the beginning of the end with Donald Trump.”

Trump responded during his speech by calling Graham an “idiot” and a “total lightweight,” then held up a piece of paper and read out the senator’s cellphone number to the capacity crowd of 540 people and the TV audience. He said Graham had given him the number several years ago when he’d asked him to put in a good word with a morning news show.

“Give it a shot,” Trump encouraged. “He won’t fix anything, but at least he’ll talk to you.”

Graham’s voice mailbox was full Tuesday afternoon. Spokeswoman Brittany Brammell confirmed the number was his. Graham tweeted later: “Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?”

Trump also ordered the American flags on his U.S. properties to be lowered, an act he said was to honor the five service members killed in last week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The symbolism served, too, to underscore his claim that he has been a stronger supporter of veterans than McCain, despite the senator’s central work in passing laws that overhauled the Department of Veterans Affairs and strengthened programs against suicide by service members.

Elsewhere in South Carolina on Tuesday, one of Trump’s rivals, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, walked a fine line, criticizing his fellow candidate’s rhetoric on immigration and McCain but saying Trump’s supporters are “good people” with “legitimate concerns.”

“I respect the sentiments people feel when they hear Trump talk. The problem with Mr. Trump’s language is that it’s divisive, it’s ugly, it’s mean-spirited,” Bush told a gathering of Republican women in Spartanburg. “We have to separate him from the people that have legitimate concerns about the country.”

Another GOP rival, Rand Paul, was more dismissive. “People have to decide what’s more important in trying to fix the country — real solutions or bombast,” said the Kentucky senator. He predicted the GOP campaign will “get beyond the novelty of a reality TV star.”


Colvin reported from Newark, New Jersey. Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.


Martin O’Malley Pledges to Go Further Than Obama on Immigration

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley delivers remarks before U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage at a Costco store January 29, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland.
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley delivers remarks before U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage at a Costco store January 29, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday called for a broad sweep of executive actions to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and detention, touting his work as governor of Maryland and saying he would go further than President Obama as he seeks to attract the support of Hispanic voters.

Speaking at a roundtable in downtown Manhattan and surrounded by a group of immigration activists, O’Malley condemned current immigration laws and said reform was necessary for “making the economy work for all of us.”

“We are, and always have been, a nation of immigrants and our immigration laws must reflect our values,” he said. “The enduring symbol of our nation is the Statue of Liberty, not a barbed wire fence.”

O’Malley said that he would go beyond Obama’s executive actions in securing relief to undocumented immigrants. “I believe that every president moves the ball down the field as much as they can,” O’Malley said. “I would move it farther.”

Obama’s executive actions, however, have been stopped up in federal courts, and it’s unclear whether further executive actions would be effective.

The two-term Maryland governor called for deferred action to provide immediate deportation relief to all individuals covered by the Senate’s immigration reform bill, which was halted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

He also called for expanding healthcare coverage to undocumented parents and children who are already protected from deportation, limiting detention of illegal immigrants, providing legal advice immigrants threatened with deportation and creating an independent agency to advise eligibility for immigration to the United States.

O’Malley said in a statement that he was confident that his proposed actions would be deemed legal, despite the challenges in federal courts to President Obama’s immigration executive action. “Legal experts almost universally agree” that Obama’s actions will be upheld, O’Malley claimed.

Some of O’Malley’s proposals delved into the deeper complexities of immigration law, in line with the governor’s wonky approach to policy proposals which the campaign has prided itself on.

For example, many immigrants who have legal status must return to their home countries to obtain an a green card, but if they previously lived in the United States as undocumented immigrants, they are barred from reentering for 3 or 10 years. O’Malley said he would grant broad waivers to those immigrants.

The policies, O’Malley said, are not about “identity politics” or appealing to any particular demographic of voters. “It’s really about us,” O’Malley said repeating a common refrain he has used on the campaign trail. “U-dot-S. The U.S.”

“When we have national election for president, it’s more than filling a job, it’s an opportunity to forge a new consensus,” O’Malley said.

As governor, O’Malley signed a laws making it easier for undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses and pay in-state tuition rates at college.

O’Malley’s comments won early approval from some immigration activists like the Dream Act Coalition. Jorge Ramos, the widely influential Univision news anchor, tweeted in Spanish, “Governor Martin O’Malley today proposed the most ambitious immigration plan among all candidates (with health insurance).”

Cesar Vargas, co-director of the Dream Act Coalition, praised the plan for being detailed.

“Unlike other candidates of both parties, Governor O’Malley’s immigration platform is bold and has concrete details, particularly that he will commit to executive action first year of office,” he said in a statement.

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Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: ¡Basta!

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at The New School on July 13, 2015 in New York City.
Andrew Burton—Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New School in New York City on July 13, 2015

She said: "Enough!"

Hillary Clinton put Donald Trump in her sights.

In a speech at the National Council of La Raza in Kansas City, the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination expressed her displeasure with the Republican candidate and real estate mogul’s invectives against Mexican immigrants, many of whom Trump said are “drug dealers” and “rapists.”

“It was appalling to hear Donald Trump describe immigrants as drug dealers, racists and criminals,” Clinton said. “He’s talking about people you and I know. He’s talking about people who love this country, work hard and want nothing more than a chance to build a better life for themselves and this country.”

“When people and businesses everywhere rejected his hateful comments, did he apologize? No, he doubled down,” she continued.

Hillary Clinton punctuated her point with Spanish.

“I have just one word for Donald Trump: Basta! Enough!”

The candidate for president posted the section of her speech that referred to the controversial Republican candidate on her Twitter, along with a clear message.

Clinton has embraced immigration reform as one of the major goals of her would-be presidency, saying she supports a full path to citizenship for undocumented immigrations and would take executive actions that go farther than President Obama’s to protect the undocumented from deportation.

Trump has been a headache for Republican leadership, which is struggling to appeal both to conservative primary voters and reach out to new Hispanic immigrants. Much of the Republican field of candidates has condemned him.

If she wins the primary, Hispanics will be a key demographic for Clinton in a general election, and the Clinton campaign has often used Spanish in its messaging. Monday’s speech, however, was especially to the point.

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Another Corporate Partner is Dumping Donald Trump

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Kathy Willens—AP A Donald Trump Signature Collection dress shirt.

PVH is winding down its business marketing The Donald’s signature menswear line

PVH Corp., the menswear company behind huge brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, is the latest corporate partner to distance itself Donald Trump in the wake of his derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

Also known as Phillips-Van Heusen, PVH told Forbes on Tuesday that it is “in the process of winding down” a licensing agreement to market the shirts and ties in the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection. The agreement was set to run through 2018.

The news represents the latest backlash to comments Trump made in a speech last month kicking off his Republican presidential campaign. In the speech, the billionaire real estate mogul decried the influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S. and accused Mexican immigrants of such crimes as rape, murder, and drug-dealing.

Companies such as Macy’s and mattress giant Serta have severed ties with Trump in the weeks since the presidential hopeful made the derogatory statements. ESPN and the PGA have also opted to find new homes for golf tournaments they had planned to hold at Trump-owned golf courses, while both Univision and Comcast’s NBCUniversal canceled plans to air Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.

PVH’s license agreement for Trump’s signature menswear line dates back to 2004 and Macy’s held the exclusive retail rights to sell the products, which appears to have influenced PVH’s decision to wind-down the business.

A PVH spokesperson told Forbes:

“Mr. Trump and Macy’s have both addressed the discontinuation of the Trump business at Macy’s, which was the exclusive retail account for the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection dress shirt and neckwear collections produced under our license agreement for the brand.”

Meanwhile, Trump told Forbes he harbors no ill will toward PVH for the decision.

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