Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to soon visit Texas, making a stop at the Texas-Mexico border, reported the Texas Tribune late Tuesday. Trump ignited a public firestorm after he made controversial comments about undocumented immigrants from Mexico in his campaign announcement speech.
Trump was scheduled this week to go to Laredo, Texas, to tour the border, according to Sergio Moreno, secretary for National Border Patrol Council Local 2455, reported the Texas Tribune. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, confirmed to CNN that the trip was set for Thursday and that Border Patrol agents would take the candidate on a tour.
"When do we beat Mexico at the border?" Trump asked during his presidential campaign announcement speech in June. "They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems."
He went on to comment on the type of people coming to the United States from Mexico. "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best," he said. "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."
Here's what Donald Trump thinks about immigrants from Mexico: https://t.co/jU2cv9pWrI
— Sam Adams (@Teapublicanways) July 18, 2015
The visit comes after a local chapter of the Border Patrol union invited Trump earlier in July to visit an active part of the border. Hector Garza, president of Local 2455, said he wanted to "to give Donald Trump a state of the border" and a "boots on the ground perspective," according to CNN.
Trump commented on immigration in South Carolina during his most recent speech Tuesday. "I want people to come into the country, but they have to do it through the legal process," Trump said, later adding that one solution would be to build a wall along the border.