One of Donald Trump‘s top supporters insisted Sunday that the Republican nominee is backing away from one of his most controversial immigration proposals: mass deportations.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Trump doesn’t want to break up immigrant families in America.Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that Trump
“would find it very, very difficult to throw out a family that has been here for 15 years and they have three children, two of whom are citizens. That is not the kind of America he wants.”
Giuliani’s comments follow a hardline immigration speech Trump delivered last week in Arizona.
The former mayor cited an Associated Press report characterizing Trump’s comments as “a sharp retreat” from his pledge during the primary season to remove all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the United States.
Still, other Republicans, including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, rejected the idea that Trump had softened. And Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway were coy on the issue.
Their comments triggered criticism from the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, over “attempts to mislead” about Trump’s immigration plan.
Trump’s Phoenix speech took a tough line on his signature issue of immigration.
He rolled out a list of 10 proposals to crack down on illegal immigration, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border and ramping up deportations of undocumented immigrants who have committed other crimes within the United States.
“In a Trump administration, all immigration laws will be enforced,”
“As with any law enforcement activity, we will set priorities. But, unlike this administration,no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement — and ICE and Border Patrol officers will be allowed to do their jobs. Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation that is what it means to have laws and to have a country.”
Trump in his speech drew a line at any form of amnesty.
“For those here today illegally who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and only one route: to return homeand apply for re-entry under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above. Those who have left to seek entry under this new system will not be awarded surplus visas, but will have to enter under the immigration caps or limits that will be established.”
“We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty.”