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Donald Trump uses Spanish border to illustrate 'illegal immigration problems' for USA
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thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, January 6, 2016

UNITED States Republican candidate Donald Trump's election campaign video in which he pledges to stop illegal immigration from México features footage of the Spain-Morocco border.

The property tycoon's 30-second advert shows photos of president Barack Obama and democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, followed by the gunmen behind the San Bernardino (California) massacre in November.

A narrator recalls how Trump wants to stop all Muslims from entering the USA.

Famous for his anti-foreigner sentiments – having announced he would deport all 15 million of the country's undocumented migrants and build a wall across the Mexican border, publicly claiming immigrants from the more southern nation were 'thieves and rapists' – Trump's advert shows a stream of migrants trying to get through the border.

But on closer inspection, it turns out that the footage is not only two years old, but is of the frontier between the Spanish-owned city-province of Melilla on the northern African coast and its nearest neighbour by land, Morocco.

US television channel NBC pointed this out to campaign leader Cory Lewandowski – himself descended from immigrants – saying the Republicans were using a border between Spain and Africa to highlight the 'migration problem' between México and the United States.

Lewandowski admitted this was true, but said the aim of the advert was to show 'what could happen in the USA' if a wall was not built along the border.

 

 

 
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