The third and final presidential debate took place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wednesday night, and immigration was an issue that was expected to be talked about, as it hadn’t really been brought up in the first two debates.
It indeed was brought up and both candidates had very different ideologies about the topic (no surprise there).
Trump began the immigration debate saying that the United States needs strong borders.
“They’re coming in illegally. Drugs are pouring in through the border,” Trump said. “We have no country if we have no border. Hillary wants to give amnesty, she wants to have open borders.”
Trump said that he wants to build a wall at the border in order to get rid of the “bad people” who are in this country, and even went as far as to say, “We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.”
This remains consistent with what Trump originally outlined in Phoenix with his “10 Immigration Plan.”
Clinton responded by painting a picture of a young girl who had been born in the U.S. but her parents had not, and the girl was worried her parents would be deported.
“I don’t want to rip families apart,” Clinton said. “I don’t want to be sending parents away from children, I don’t want to see the deportation force, that Donald has talked about, in action in our country.”
Clinton added that she has been in favor of border security, but wants to spend resources on other things, and only to get rid of violent people in the country who shouldn’t be there.
Clinton accused Trump of using undocumented workers to build his tower, and wants to give no opportunities to employers who use that against those same workers.
WikiLeaks was brought up by Clinton herself later on in the immigration topic, and blamed “the levels of Russian government” including the president Vladimir Putin himself for WikiLeaks getting its hands on her information.
Trump responded by saying, “I don’t know Putin. He’s said nice things about me. If we got along well, that would good. If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good.”
To that, Clinton said Trump “would rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
“You’re the puppet. You’re the puppet.”