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Trump may soften on immigration, aides say

Kellyanne Conway, left, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends his Hispanic advisory roundtable meeting Saturday in New York. A right is Rick Figueroa, first vice president for FINC Firm of Houston. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
Kellyanne Conway, left, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends his Hispanic advisory roundtable meeting Saturday in New York. A right is Rick Figueroa, first vice president for FINC Firm of Houston. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)

Aides to Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the Republican presidential nominee may be reconsidering his campaign promise to round up and deport 11 million people who are in the United States illegally.

His new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if Trump still wants a “deportation force” to remove everyone in the country illegally.

“To be determined,” she said.

Trump is “wrestling” with how to remove those in the country illegally, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., an adviser to Trump on immigration matters, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The aides’ comments appeared to be the latest sign that Trump’s newly installed management team may be trying to broaden his appeal to stem his steady fall in the polls with less than three months until Election Day.

Any easing of Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration – which also includes building a wall along the border with Mexico and temporarily banning Muslim immigrants – could alienate some of his most ardent supporters.

After a year of using harsh rhetoric against Latinos, such as calling Mexican migrants rapists and repeatedly attacking a federal judge as unfair because his family was from Mexico, polls show he faces intense opposition among Latinos.

His campaign thus has moved in recent days to soften his edges.

In New York City Saturday, Trump told his campaign’s newly named Latino advisory council that he wants to find a “humane and efficient” solution to deal with illegal immigration.

Trump is expected to speak about immigration policy Thursday in Colorado.


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