Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway: A "Deportation Force" For Illegal Immigrants May Not Be Needed; "To Be Determined"

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Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway discusses what the candidate learned in a meeting with Latin American community leaders. "I have seen him very animated in meetings like this, where he is learning, he's taking notes, he's asking questions, he is receiving information," she said.

Regarding his previous proposal for a "deportation force" to remove up to 11 million illegal aliens from the U.S., Conways says: "[Trump] 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."

Whether a "deportation force" is needed is "to be determined."

DANA BASH, CNN: So, Kellyanne, let me just get some clarity, since you were at this meeting. Does Donald Trump still support setting up a deportation force and removing the 11 million, or estimated 11 million, undocumented immigrants from America, yes or no?

KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: So, what Donald Trump said yesterday in that meeting differed very little from what he's said publicly, Dana, including in his convention speech last month in Cleveland.

It's that we need a -- quote -- "fair" and -- quote -- "humane" way of dealing with what is estimated to be about 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. That was part of the discussion. It was a very robust discussion.

I have seen him very animated in meetings like this, where he is learning, he's taking notes, he's asking questions, he is receiving information. And the rest of the conversation, frankly, was about job creation, economic revitalization, the fact that small business growth among Hispanic and Latino Americans is on the rise.

And we talked about the inability to get access to capital for many of them. We talked about homeownership as being very important, religion and family being very important to Hispanics. It was a very long, very far-reaching conversation. But nothing was said yesterday that differs from what Mr. Trump has said previously...

BASH: So, does Donald Trump still support a deportation force removing the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants?

CONWAY: What he supports -- and if you go back to his convention speech a month ago, Dana, 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.

BASH: Will that plan include a deportation force, the kind that he just -- you just heard in that sound bite and that he talked about during the Republican primaries?

CONWAY: To be determined.


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