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Mid-Michigan Hispanic community speaks out against Trump's immigration remarks

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

After making a visit to Mexico, presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Arizona.

At the rally he claimed his wall will be built and Mexico will pay for it.

On Thursday, Trump continued to stay on the topic of immigration. He believes his stance on the issue will be enough to push him past Hillary Clinton in the November election.

Trump has been a harsh critic of Mexico and has ruffled the feathers of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has compared Trump to Adolf Hitler.

The two sat down for a chat in Mexico City on Wednesday. Despite their volatile comments in the past, both took a much softer tone when speaking to reporters.

Hours after the meeting Trump reiterated his stance that Mexico will pay for the wall.

"I can say with all clarity and in public, candidate Trump knows that I was emphatic to affirm that Mexico wouldn't pay, by any means, for the wall," Nieto said on Thursday.

Mid-Michigan is home to tens of thousands of Mexican-Americans who are paying close attention to what could happen if Donald Trump wins the election.

"We will build a great wall along the southern border," Tump has said over and over again throughout his campaign.

Some believe the wall would bring positive change to a border problem that has long been a topic of debate. However, many Mexican-Americans who have relatives who migrated from south of that border see the wall as a slap in the face.

"The wall situation with Donald Trump, it was very insulting. Yes, very insulting. It was never there before and it shouldn't be there now," said Maria Leal, Mexican-American.

Leal, and other residents in the local Mexican community said they're not sure why the Mexican president even hosted Trump.

"I don't know why he would with the way he bad mouths Mexicans and the wall things," Leal said.

During Trump's visit this week, he acknowledged those of Mexican heritage in America.

"For the tremendous contributions Mexican-Americans in our country and they have made tremendous contributions," Trump said.

Some residents said it doesn't take back what Trump has said in the past, calling Latino immigrants "criminals" and "rapists."

"To me, it's just another Hitler. It's all prejudices. So for him to have that seat, it's going to be a mess and I'm thinking of the future of my grandchildren. My life is half over so I'm thinking of them and their stability," Maria Garcia said.

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