What we know about Trump’s immigration plans

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump wants a US-Mexico border wall, “extreme vetting” of new immigrants and deportations of those who commit crimes.

But does Trump still want a “deportation force” to expel all undocumented immigrants already in the United States?
    Days after Trump stepped away from one of his signature policy positions, top surrogates — including vice presidential nominee Mike Pence and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway — offered unclear takes on where Trump stands.
    Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson says none of it is really that complicated, however.
    “He hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He’s changed the words that he is saying,” she said Thursday on CNN.




      Pierson discusses Trump’s Immigration stance


    Here’s what we know — and don’t know — about Trump’s immigration policy:

    Undocumented immigrants

    During the Republican presidential primary, an animating policy of Trump’s campaign was his hardline stance on immigration. He first floated the prospect of a “deportation force” to boot all undocumented immigrants from the country — no matter how long they’d been in the United States — during an interview in November 2015, and later defended it in a December primary debate.
    In recent days, Trump has backed away from that rhetoric — if not the policies.
    “There could certainly be a softening” in his immigration proposals, Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night, “because we’re not looking to hurt people.”
    So has he scrapped the idea of removing all undocumented immigrants from the country? Trump wouldn’t say later in the week, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
    “There is a very good chance the answer could be yes,” Trump said when asked if he would deport those who have lived here peacefully but without papers. “We’re going to see what happens.”
    Trump was set to deliver a major speech on illegal immigration last week, but his campaign decided to postpone the address as it continues to craft its policy and the language to deliver it.

    Deportation force

    Trump running mate Mike Pence gave the GOP nominee some wiggle room on actually implementing that deportation force in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday, downplaying it as merely a “mechanism” to carry out Trump’s bigger-picture ideas.
    “Well, what you heard him describe there, in his usual plainspoken, American way, was a mechanism, not a policy. I mean, you’re going to hear more detail in next two weeks that lays out all the policies,” Pence said.
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus admitted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his party’s nominee is considering changing his previous position, calling the issue complicated — even though Trump had ignored those complexities in the primary.
    “He did simplify it. But now he’s reflecting on it and his position is going to be known,” Priebus said.
    Bottom line: Would undocumented immigrants have to leave the United States? That’s what CBS’ John Dickerson asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Sunday.
    “That’s really the question here, John,” Conway said, leaving it unanswered.

    ‘Anchor babies’

    Trump also made headlines during the primary for using the term “anchor babies” to describe the US-born children of undocumented immigrants — suggesting he didn’t support the citizenship status granted by the Constitution to those children.
    Tapper pressed Pence Sunday on whether the GOP ticket believes those children are citizens.
    “Well, I think the whole question of anchor babies, as it’s known, the whole question of citizenship, of natural-born Americans is a subject for the future,” he said. “I think the American people ought to ask it. We look at our whole immigration system and see whether that works and makes sense.”

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    August 29, 2016

    ‘Narcos’ blasts into second season more addictive than ever

    Los Angeles (CNN)When Netflix’s “Narcos” debuted, it seemed to come with a built-in expiration date. Its central figure is drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who lived a brutal life and died a relatively early death — at some point he would die and that would be that. But that only makes the second season of this Netflix series more riveting, a morality tale that resonates far beyond its time, place and characters.

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    August 28, 2016

    Poll: Clinton leads Trump by 7 points in Michigan

    Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by seven points in Michigan, a battleground state both presidential candidates are eager to win in order to clinch 270 college electoral votes and the White House in November.

    A Suffolk University poll released Thursday shows Clinton is ahead of Trump in the Great Lake State by a 44% to 37% margin. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson appears to have less appeal among likely voters compared to others in states around the country, with only 5% of respondents saying they would back him. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee, only garnered support from 3% of those surveyed. Ten percent told researchers they were still undecided.
      This latest poll solidifies Michigan’s support for Clinton after Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary with 49.7% of the vote March 8.
      The numbers are a positive sign for Clinton in a state that handily elected President Barack Obama in 2008 with 57% of the vote before returning him to the White House by 54% in 2012.
      But the poll also found the Clinton campaign still had work to do to improve their principal’s favorability ratings, with just 28% of respondents saying they thought Clinton was honest and trustworthy in contrast to 63% who did not. Trump engendered similarly negative responses, with a 35% trustworthy to 53% untrustworthy breakdown.
      The key issue on the minds of those polled were jobs and the economy (21%), followed closely by terrorism and national security (20%) and potential Supreme Court nominees (11%).
      Interestingly, when asked about their feelings towards the upcoming presidential election, 61% of respondents said they were alarmed by the state of the race. Eleven percent said they were “bored,” while only 20% felt excited about casting a ballot on November 8.
      The Suffolk University poll surveyed 500 likely voters in Michigan over the telephone between August 22 and 24. Its findings have a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

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      August 27, 2016

      Jeb Bush blasts ‘abhorrent’ Trump shifts on immigration

      (CNN)Jeb Bush hammered Donald Trump Thursday after the Republican presidential nominee appeared open to major shifts on his immigration platform — several of which echoed the former Florida governor’s during the GOP primary fight.

      “All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into,” Bush said in a radio interview with Rita Cosby of WABC. “It’s kind of disturbing.”
        When the two men were competing in the Republican presidential primary, Trump advocated for deporting millions of undocumented immigrants and blasted politicians like Bush who wanted to allow some to stay and seek legal status as long as they met a wide range of criteria.
        Now Trump is apparently signaling a major shift in his policy, saying that he’s open to working with undocumented immigrants rather than deporting them all. They won’t be allowed to pursue citizenship, he said in a Fox News town hall Wednesday night, and they’ll have to pay taxes.
        Some have noted that Trump’s comments are starting to sound more in line with policies that Bush proposed — stances that Trump used to bash him during the primaries.
        “I don’t know what to believe about a guy who doesn’t believe in things,” Bush said. “His views will change based on the feedback he gets from a crowd or what he thinks he has to do. Life is too complex.”
        During the primary, Bush repeatedly argued that Trump’s deportation idea and proposal to build a wall along the border were “unrealistic” and wouldn’t come to pass. Although Trump is suggesting a shift in his deportation policy, he maintains he will still put up a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
        When pressed on whether he was changing his policy, Trump argues that he’s still going to enforce border laws. “We’re going to have all the laws obeyed. We have laws in this country, they’re very strong but nobody uses them. We’re going to obey the laws of the country,” he said in an interview with WFLA in Tampa on Wednesday.
        Bush said he was “happy” that Trump was starting to get serious about reaching out to minority voters – a core component of Bush’s own presidential campaign — and called it a “very healthy thing for our party.”
        But he didn’t express much faith that Trump would be consistent. Calling Trump’s views “ever-changing,” Bush said the GOP nominee is beginning to sound like a typical “politician,” a label that Trump vehemently loathes.
        “For me I couldn’t do that. I have to believe what I believe, and if it’s popular, great, if it’s not, I try to get better at presenting my views. Shifting my views because it’s political to do it? That’s what politicians do in this country, that’s what Trump is trying to do right now,” Bush said. “I find it abhorrent.”

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        August 26, 2016

        Baltimore police confirms aerial surveillance of city residents

        No conspiracy to hide privately funded program in which cameras took continuous photographs since January, police spokesman claims

        Baltimore police on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that city residents had been subject to aerial surveillance, after a Bloomberg Businessweek story revealed that airborne cameras had snapped continuous photos in cooperation with the police since January.

        Police spokesman TJ Smith insisted that the privately funded agreement between Persistent Surveillance Systems and city police was not a secret surveillance program. Before Wednesday, not even the mayor, city council, and board of estimates had been told about the program.

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        August 25, 2016

        Eight most relatable moments from Mike Pence’s Pennsylvania haircut

        (CNN)Republican presidential nominee Mike Pence got his hair cut at Jones Barber Shop in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Since we’re less than 80 days away from the election, it was prime photo op and a chance for the Indiana governor to remind America he’s just like us.

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        August 24, 2016

        Kellyanne Conway: Clinton camp made ‘grievous error’

        (CNN)Donald Trump’s newly appointed campaign manager Kellyanne Conway thinks Hillary Clinton’s team made a “grievous error” and blew her chance to “put away” the Republican nominee over the last two weeks.

        Conway broke down the 2016 state of play in an interview Monday on CNBC, suggesting that under a new leadership team, the Trump campaign’s recent tumultuous stretch — marked by a series of controversies and sliding poll numbers — has come to an end.
          “We’ll look at back at these two weeks … and say, why in the world didn’t Hillary Clinton’s campaign totally put us away,” Conway said. She also predicted that “the next two weeks, we’re going to be talking about the polls tightening.”
          She added, “I think they made a grievous error by not having (Clinton) go over to the Middle East and meet with the troops or make major policy speeches.”
          In addition, Conway criticized Clinton’s campaign team for limiting their candidate’s exposure to the media, arguing they’ve tried to “put her into hiding.”
          “Scarcity benefits Hillary Clinton. If you don’t see her, you forget she’s running. And you think the entire election is a referendum on Donald Trump.”

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          August 23, 2016

          For Trump, turning this around won’t be easy

          (CNN)Donald Trump is trying to orchestrate a pivot in his troubled campaign. He began by shaking up his campaign staff by bringing in Stephen Bannon, an executive from Breitbart News, to take on the top post, effectively demoting Paul Manafort, who then chose to resign.

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          August 21, 2016

          Opinion: Can Conway help Trump attract women voters?

          (CNN)The resignation of Donald Trump’s outspoken campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is just the latest in a series of high-profile moves by Team Trump this week.

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          August 20, 2016

          #SaysWho? You don’t want to know

          (CNN)Donald Trump and his campaign are uncomfortable with the truth. Mr. Trump has made that clear throughout his campaign, and on Wednesday his chief counsel, Michael Cohen, punctuated the point in a tense interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

          “You guys are down,” Keilar said.
            “Says who?” Cohen asked.
            “Polls … most of them,” Keilar continued. Maybe even “all of them?”
            There was an unusually long silence long enough, perhaps, for anyone listening to hear Trump’s poll numbers dropping further, in real time, on live television.
            “Says who?” Cohen asked again.
            “Polls,” said Keilar. “I just told you.”


            But what do polls matter, really? Or a letter signed by dozens of Republican national security officials and another one by 120 elected officials from every GOP administration since President Ronald Reagan, both opposing Trump?
            Apparently none of this matters. Facts and the opinions of others, Trump seems to think, are worthless.
            Says who?
            “I’m speaking with myself, number one,” Trump tells us. “Because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”
            And that, America, should scare us all.

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            August 19, 2016