Some big businesses don’t like Donald Trump‘s stance on illegal immigration, but a lot of potential voters apparently do.
Demand for tickets to the Republican presidential candidate’s immigration rally in Phoenix, Arizona, was so heavy that he had to move the event to a larger venue.
The event was originally to take place at the Biltmore Resort and Spa, but when demand exceeded space there, it was changed to the Phoenix Convention Center.
“We received 4,000 RSVPS in 2¹/₂ hours,” said Trump campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski, according to the New York Post.
Trump came under fire right out of the gate, when he made some provocative statements about illegal immigrants — especially those coming over the border from Mexico.
“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” he said at his campaign launch last month.
The Post reported:
The blowback against Trump included NBC, Univision, Macy’s and NASCAR severing corporate partnerships with him.
But Trump also is garnering support from voters fed up with illegal immigration, including in the border state of Arizona. Trump on Friday met in L.A. with kin of teen Jamiel Shaw, who was shot dead in 2008 by an illegal immigrant who mistook him for a rival gang member.
Trump may very well be heading into enemy territory with this event. Phoenix has a large Hispanic and Latino population, numbering 449,972 as of the 2000 census, according to Phoenix Connect. Of that number, 375,096 can trace their roots to Mexico.
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