Donald Trump won’t stop talking about immigration. Next up: Rallying 9,000 in Phoenix – Washington Post

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PHOENIX — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose caustic comments about Mexican Americans have inflamed the debate over illegal immigration, is taking his tough-talk road show to this border state that has been the epicenter of the divisive national battle over reform.

Ignoring a plea from the Republican Party chairman to tone down his rhetoric, Trump plans to rally more than 9,000 supporters here in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who built a national profile with his aggressive efforts to hunt down and deport undocumented immigrants in the Phoenix area, will join him on stage.

In remarks at the downtown Phoenix Convention Center, Trump plans to renew his vow to build an impenetrable wall across the U.S.-Mexico border and to attack by name several Republican presidential candidates as weak on immigration, according to people with knowledge of Trump’s plans.

The Trump event, hosted by the Maricopa County Republican Party, has invited a barrage of criticism — from the city’s Democratic leaders, local business executives and more mainstream Republican office holders, such as Arizona’s two senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, who believe his language about an issue as sensitive as immigration is far too explosive.

But Trump expects to find a large and receptive audience, at least here in Arizona.
The event, initially scheduled for the Arizona Biltmore, a historic luxury resort, was moved this week to the convention center to accommodate the thousands of people who were requesting tickets. By Saturday morning, more than 9,000 people had been given tickets to the event, according to Trump’s campaign.

 

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