Posted: 1:45 pm Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In the first of two stops in North Carolina on Tuesday, Donald Trump kept up a drumbeat of criticism against Hillary Clinton over her views on immigration, as Trump again argued that more needs to be done to screen those who want to become U.S. citizens, to make sure those people do not have any terrorist sympathies.
“We have seen how failure to screen who is entering the United States puts all of our citizens in great danger,” Trump said, as he once more accused Clinton of favoring “open borders.”
“We want to make sure we are only admitting people into our country who love our country,” Trump said to cheers.
A day after a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan was arrested in a New York and New Jersey bomb plot, Trump said it’s just common sense to more closely examine who wants to be in America.
“These attacks were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system,” Trump said, as he vowed to do things differently if elected.
Trump in NC: "We are going to change our immigration system to reflect American values."
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 20, 2016
“I’ve been saying this for a long time,” Trump told the crowd, “Immigration security is national security.”
Trump began his speech by urging voters in North Carolina to cast their ballots as soon as possible – as absentee ballots are already out in the Tar Heel state.
These are very early numbers. Bottom line is there is nothing in these #earlyvote statstics contradicting polling showing NC a battleground
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) September 20, 2016
The early numbers show Democrats with a small edge in that early vote – as North Carolina may well end up as one of the biggest battlegrounds for November.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.