Mr Trump said his first priority upon taking office next January would be the immediate deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants who remain in the United States despite having committed crimes.
Donald Trump’s campaign is attempting to simultaneously soften his position on immigration without alienating voters who support his hardline stance.
This is similar to what passed a Senate “Gang of 8” bill in 2013 – a bill Trump attacked in the primary as weak on immigration.
Trump vowed that if he takes office, he would immediately deport thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal records who are now residing in the US.
The Trump campaign declined to comment on Christie’s involvement.
His plan for what to do with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country remains unclear. “And this is not a simple question”, said Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who’s had a hard relationship with Trump.
Trump’s “immigration” policy is neither a policy nor a mechanism, for many reasons.
Yet, he added, “as far as the rest, we’re going to go through the process, like they are now – perhaps with a lot more energy”.
Asked on Meet the Press if he was “happy” with the controversial hire, Priebus told host Chuck Todd: “I go with the flow based on what the campaign wants to do”.
Pence asserted that “nothing has changed about Donald Trump’s position”.
Here’s an awkward endorsement of Obama’s enforcement: Even “immigration policy expert with the libertarian Cato Institute” Alex Nowrasteh told PolitiFact that the Secure Communities program, which focuses on deporting unsafe criminals, is “the most effective immigration enforcement tool to date” and “was used in about 3 percent of US jurisdictions when Obama took office and is in about 97 percent today”. Marco Rubio of Florida.
One year ago, he issued an immigration reform plan calling for an end to automatic citizenship for those born in the United States, a right which some say is abused by undocumented migrants seeking American birthright for their children. “I find it abhorrent”.
On Face the Nation, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway couldn’t explain how the undocumented immigrants would actually leave the country.
Later, Trump promised once more that “bad people” will be gone “within one hour after I take office”.
Trump is polling poorly with Latinos.
He said he would also propose an e-verify system to prevent the illegal community from gaining access to welfare and other benefits.
But while the Trump campaign attempted to stay on its talking points, attacking Hillary Clinton’s proposal to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the USA without permission, there were still discrepancies among some of the Republican nominee’s surrogates. Now, Trump is saying that he may be open to considering a “softening” on his immigration stance, and made some comments that pointed out that a path to legalization is possible, as long as the undocumented immigrants paid taxes accrued from the time they came into the country illegally.
“Either position that he takes, he can get elected”, said the former mayor. It makes sense to focus our limited resources (yes, it costs money) on those who have committed crimes, and that’s what Obama has done. Their big concern is the wall.
“I don’t know Steve Bannon to tell you the truth very well”, the RNC chairman shrugged.