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Squaring Up Trump’s Immigration Plan47:09
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Donald Trump meets with Mexico’s president and then delivers a major speech on immigration. We’ll dive in.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an immigration policy speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an immigration policy speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Donald Trump went to Mexico yesterday and talked nice about Mexican character and values. He went to Phoenix, Arizona and got raucous. Talked roughly about how tough he would be on undocumented immigration. His emphasis on deportation, still high. On a wall, still central. “Impenetrable,” he said yesterday. Hillary Clinton has a different line on immigration. More like Barack Obama’s. This hour On Point, Trump on immigrants, Clinton on immigrants, and what American policy should be. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ginger Gibson, 2016 presidential campaign reporter for Reuters, covering the Donald Trump campaign. (@GingerGibson)

Eliana Johnson, Washington editor for the National Review. (@elianayjohnson)

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

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Reuters: Trump returns to hardline position on illegal immigration  -- "Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday that anyone who is in the United States illegally would be subject to deportation if he is elected, sticking with his hardline position after flirting with a softer approach. In a major speech in the border state of Arizona, Trump took a dim view of the 11 million people who crossed into the United States illegally, a week after saying many were 'great people' who had lived in the country for years and contributed to American society."

National Review: Why Immigration Hawks Aren’t Outraged by Trump’s About-Face -- "Contrary to reports that warring camps within the Trump campaign are pulling the candidate in different directions on the issue, his advisers, including Alabama senator Jeff Sessions and senior policy aide Stephen Miller, have been nearly unanimous in urging him to back away from the sort of 'deportation force' he promised to in the primary."

USA Today: Trump's 'softening' immigration view may not broaden Hispanic support — "Call it a pivot, a restart or just a "softening" of his stance, but pro-immigration groups are not impressed with Donald Trump's change in tone this week and his promise of new policies to handle the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

This program aired on September 1, 2016.

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