Donald Trump delivered a hard-edged speech on immigration Saturday in Des Moines, capping a week of speculation that he’s softening his previously tough stance.
“These international gangs of thugs and drug cartels will be — I promise you, from the first day in office, the first thing I’m going to do, the first piece of paper that I’m going to sign is — we’re going to get rid of these people, day one, before the wall, before anything,” he said to boisterous cheers from a crowd of about 1,800.
Trump headlined Sen. Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. And although he skipped the “ride” portion of the event Trump joined a slew of Iowa Republicans for a rallying of the political troops and pork barbecue.
“We will use immigration law to prevent crimes,” he said, delivering his remarks off a TelePrompTer. “And we will not wait until some innocent American has been harmed or killed before taking action. We will move justly, but we will move fast, believe me. And we will move tough.”