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LIVEBLOG: Night Four Of The Republican National Convention In Cleveland

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Latino and immigrant voters in swing states watch Donald Trump

10:15PM EST

Attorney David Leopold fact-checks Donald Trump

9:55PM EST

Frank Sharry reacts to Donald Trump’s dark, fear-mongering draft speech

9:30PM EST:

“Donald Trump started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists. Tonight, he accepted the Republican nomination by strongly implying that undocumented immigrants are murderers.

“Trump’s fearmongering, of course, is unmoored from the real facts. But that’s not his point. He stokes fear of immigrants as a core part of his larger storyline that America is under siege from scary people of color and only a strongman like him can protect you (read: white people). His strategies, once consigned to the fringes of the white nationalist movement and unpopular with the American people, would rip apart families and communities, constitute one of the darkest chapters in American history and put at risk the American experiment.

“At our best, we are a nation that aspires to live up to our ideals. We are the ‘permanently evolving nation,’ the ‘nation of all nations,’ and we strive to be an inclusive America where equal opportunity is extended to all. We want to be a people defined by character and contribution, not birthplace and background. We want to true up to our national motto E Pluribus Unum—Out of Many, One.

“Trump’s effort to define America as a weak nation under siege from ‘the other’ is nothing less than an ugly attempt to redefine who we are. America is great because we welcome ‘the other’ and become a stronger version of ‘us.’ Donald Trump and his enablers in the GOP don’t get it, and degrade our ideals in the process. Let us make sure he never has the chance to use the most powerful office in the world to put his dark view of America into practice.”

Joe Arpaio speaks on the final night of the Republican National Convention

8:00 PM EST:

The first hour of the Republican National Convention to officially nominate Donald Trump for President has already featured some of the who’s who of the anti-immigrant world, including beleaguered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“Joe Arpaio oversaw worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in US. history,” an expert from the Department of Justice once concluded.

Donald Trump’s comments about immigration have been leaked by Politico

7:00 PM EST:

View the full transcripts here. 

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.

The number of new illegal immigrant families who have crossed the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.

He goes on to say:

We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror.

This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel. Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.

My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.

Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?

These wounded American families have been alone. But they are alone no longer. Tonight, this candidate and this whole nation stand in their corner to support them, to send them our love, and to pledge in their honor that we will save countless more families from suffering the same awful fate.

We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. I have been honored to receive the endorsement of America’s Border Patrol Agents, and will work directly with them to protect the integrity of our lawful immigration system.

By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence. Illegal border crossings will go down. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect they deserve.

Tonight, I want every American whose demands for immigration security have been denied – and every politician who has denied them – to listen very closely to the words I am about to say.

On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone.

But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens. My plan is the exact opposite of the radical and dangerous immigration policy of Hillary Clinton. Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.

Yet Hillary Clinton is proposing mass amnesty, mass immigration, and mass lawlessness. Her plan will overwhelm your schools and hospitals, further reduce your jobs and wages, and make it harder for recent immigrants to escape from poverty.