Donald Trump to visit Mexico

Policy changes on the horizon? Donald Trump is flying to Mexico today to meet with President Nieto.

Rachel Kaplan ,

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto with former President Shimon Peres
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto with former President Shimon Peres
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night that he had accepted an invitation from President Enrique Pena Nieto to visit Mexico.

The visit, planned to take place before Trump lays out his immigration policy in Arizona, will take place in private on Wednesday.

Immigration issues have been the Trump campaign's herald, Trump has, in the past, called for the strict deportation of all illegal immigrants in the US, as well as suggested a plan for a wall along the Mexican border - with Mexico footing the bill.

As a man of the people, Trump recently met with Hispanic leaders in New York, and after a special “Hannity” town hall last week, has indicated that he may yet change his policies.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explained to Fox News that Trump wants to find “the fair and humane way” to address the issue of illegal immigration. One of the leading problems to address is whether to separate families where parents are illegal immigrants and children were born on American soil, in order to enforce federal law.

Last week, Mexican President Nieto extended an invitation to both the Republican nominee and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit his country.

Trump confirmed on Twitter late Tuesday that he had accepted Nieto’s invitation. Clinton has not yet accepted or declined her invitation.

Clinton’s campaign dismissed Trump’s trip to Mexico as irrelevant to the election.

“What ultimately matters is what Donald Trump says to voters in Arizona, not Mexico, and whether he remains committed to the splitting up of families and deportation of millions."

Trump is scheduled to speak on immigration Wednesday evening in Phoenix, Arizona. Although a brief visit to Mexico is a possible fit in Trump's schedule, organizing a foreign trip for a US presidential candidate is a logistical monolith, as every trip needs clearance by the Secret Service.