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As we finally approach the general election in November, The Roar will keep you up to date on major events in the Presidential Election that happened over the last week.  Each week, Rachel and Rachel will each report on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s major campaign speeches and announcements. 

by Rachel Swartz, staff reporter

On Wednesday, August 31, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a visit to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump has been criticized for the meeting after his comments on illegal immigrants. The candidate has also expressed that his solid stance on immigration will not be weakened. Mr. Trump’s main focus is economic and security interests, as well as briefing on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and having Mexico pay for it.

Trump delivered a major speech in Phoenix, Arizona that same evening. He gave a set course of his action for controlling illegal immigration. His ten courses of action on how he will handle this issue are: “building a wall along the southern border, ending catch-and-release, zero tolerance for criminal aliens, blocking funding for sanctuary cities, canceling unconstitutional executive orders and enforcing all immigration laws, suspending issuance of visas where screening cannot occur, other countries take their people back when they’re ordered to be deported, complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, turning off the jobs and benefits magnet, and finally reforming legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers.” There is still more to come on this issue.

“For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return home and apply for re-entry under the rules of the new legal immigration system.”- Donald Trump

by Rachel Lamb, executive editor 

Still leading in the polls over opponent Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has continued to keep a lower profile than Trump, spending much of the week fundraising and interacting with supporters.  She seems to be letting Trump maintain his dominance of the news cycle, after his visit with the President of Mexico, criticizing Trump on his leadership ability and attacking his immigration policy.  Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine mocked Trump’s visit calling it “a diplomatic amateur hour,” after Trump and the president of Mexico offered different recounts of their meeting.

Clinton is still facing criticism over the Clinton Foundation, with an investigation called by the GOP over an AP report that half of the people that Hillary Clinton met with had donated to the foundation.  It was later found that only half of the private citizens Clinton met with had donated, a small fraction of the people Clinton met with in total.  The Clinton Foundation received an A rating from charity watchdog organizations and is rated higher than the Red Cross. It was also announced that in the month of August, Clinton raised $143 million.  Additionally, Senator Bernie Sanders will begin campaigning for Clinton in New Hampshire.

 “My opponent misses something important: When we say America is exceptional, it doesn’t mean that people from other places don’t feel deep national pride just like we do. It means that we recognize America’s unique and unparalleled ability to be a force for peace and progress, a champion for freedom and opportunity. Our power comes with a responsibility to lead humbly, thoughtfully and with a fierce commitment to our values.”-Hillary Clinton