Trump Advisers: Trump 'Wrestling' With What to Do About 11M Illegal Aliens

By Susan Jones | August 22, 2016 | 5:32am EDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

( - Republican Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to build a big wall on the southern border to end the flow of illegal aliens into the United States. But does he still intend to remove the 11 million illegal aliens who already are here?

On Sunday, two of Trump's advisers indicated that he's still thinking about it.

"Well, he's wrestling with how to do that," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "People that are here unlawfully, that came into the country against our laws, are subject to being removed. That's just plain fact."

Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said his approach to the 11 million is "to be determined."

Asked by CNN's "State of the Union" if Trump still supports a deportation force, Conway said, "What he supports -- and if you go back to his convention speech a month ago...what he supports is to make sure that we enforce the law, that we are respectful of those Americans who are looking for well-paying jobs, and that we are fair and humane for those who live among us in this country.

"And, as the weeks unfold, as the weeks unfold, he will lay out the specifics of that plan that he would implement as president of the United States."

Trump on Saturday met with his newly formed Hispanic Advisory Council, and he plans to discuss immigration in a speech in Colorado this week.

Univision reported over the weekend that Trump "plans to announce a major shift on immigration policy" in that Colorado speech.

According to Univision, "Trump plans to present an immigration plan in Colorado Thursday that will include finding a way to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, according to three people who attended a meeting between the candidate and Hispanic leaders on Saturday at Trump Tower in New York."

According to Sen. Sessions, Trump is firm in his commitment to "fix our border" and "end the illegality."

"And then we will have to think about what is the right thing to do. He listened to a lot of people. I don't think he made any commitments," Sessions said on Sunday. "He's thinking that through. I think that is the right thing. But he is absolutely committed to the first thing that has to be done. And that's end the lawlessness to protect Americans from danger and to protect American jobs from excessive flows of labor that pull down wages and job opportunities for Americans."

In November, Trump called for a "deportation force" to remove millions of illegal aliens "humanely and inexpensively."

"They're going back to where they came," Trump said at the time. "If they came from a certain country, they are going to be brought back to that country. That's the way it's supposed to be."

More recently, at the Republican National Convention last month, Trump said, "We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. I...will work directly with them (Border Patrol) to protect the integrity of our lawful, lawful immigration System. By ending catch-and-release on the border, we will stop the cycle of human smuggling and violence.

"Illegal border crossings will go down we will stop it, it won't be happening very much anymore, believe me. Peace will be restored. By enforcing the rules for the millions who overstay their visas, our laws will finally receive the respect that they deserve."
Trump said if he is elected, "Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the U.S. are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens."

On Sunday, John Dickerson, host of "Face the Nation," asked Sessions if he knows what Trump intends to do about removing the millions of illegal aliens in this country.

"Well, what I'm certain about is that did he not make a firm commitment yesterday or at the meeting the other day about what he will do with that. But he did listen, and he's talking about it," Sessions responded.


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