Trump says Clinton would ‘effectively’ abolish borders

Kevin Cirilli

Donald Trump said that thousands of criminals who are undocumented immigrants or have overstayed their entry visas are putting the nation at risk, and characterized Democrat Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan as creating “grave peril.”

“Hillary Clinton is the first person to ever run for the presidency of a country effectively proposing to abolish the borders around that country,” the Republican presidential candidate said in Houston at an event held by the Remembrance Project, a nonprofit group that advocates for families whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants.

Speaking in somber tones from a teleprompter, Trump said Clinton wants to “give lifetime welfare and entitlements to illegal immigrants.” Members of the group joined him on stage.

According to the plan laid out on her website.Clinton would introduce “comprehensive immigration reform” if elected, including a pathway to “full and equal” citizenship for many undocumented immigrants. The plan also calls for detaining and deporting “individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety.”

Trump, the real estate developer turned politician, has made cracking down on in illegal immigrants a cornerstone of his campaign. He’s said repeatedly that he plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and make Mexico pay for it. During his campaign he has labeled some Mexican immigrants “rapists.”

Trump will hold a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, later on Saturday. The events come as polls between Trump and Clinton reflect a statistical dead heat. RealClearPolitics shows Clinton up by 1.5 percentage points based on recent surveys.

On Friday, the Republican said at a rally in Miami that Clinton’s bodyguards should disarm and “see what happens to her,” the latest instance of Trump appearing to invite violence against his opponent.