Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to close US borders on day one of his presidency.
“The first thing I’d do in my first day as president is close up our borders so that illegal immigrants cannot come into our country,” Trump said in a Twitter question-and-answer session on Monday from Twitter’s New York office.
The billionaire businessman said that people can come into the country but only legally.
Trump’s Twitter session was designed to ginger up online interest following similar moves by other presidential candidates, including Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Trump said in the first of a dozen short videos that he would “totally protect Israel” if elected president.
He also said he would “take care” of the homeless by focusing on jobs and tackling healthcare affordability as president.
Trump’s harsh rhetoric on the subject of illegal immigration has defined his campaign ever since he joined the 2016 race in mid-June, making him a polarizing figure.
In addition to his plan to build a towering wall on the US-Mexico border, Trump has also promised to deport all undocumented immigrants from the country.
While the strategy may bode well with the more conservative voters, it threatens to alienate an influential and growing bloc of Hispanic voters in the United States.
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