On CNN, RNC Hispanic Communications Director Admits They "Don't Know For Sure" What Trump’s Immigration Plan Is
Helen Aguirre Ferré: "This May Not Be The Speech That's Going To Deal With The Entire Process Of Immigration Reform"
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From the August 31 edition of CNN's At This Hour with Berman and Bouldan:
JOHN BERMAN (HOST): You were part of that meeting that Donald Trump had with Latino Republicans where people left thinking -- they left the meeting thinking that maybe he was open to the idea of some kind of legal status for some of the 11 million undocumented workers in the United States. Do you think that Donald Trump will open that door tonight in his speech? Will he open the door to some kind of legal status for some of the 11 million undocumented workers here?
HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ: What Mr. Trump's been very clear about is that there's going to be no citizenship and no amnesty and we know that. He's been --
BERMAN: Does that mean legal status then?
AGUIRRE FERRÉ: -- very clear about border security. But what we are going to look at is that -- but you know what, but I think we're not -- I think what this speech is going to be about is how to deter illegal immigration, and that is not going to be taking into account and -- we don't know for sure, but deterring illegal immigration is the first important step that needs to be addressed before you can get into the other very complex parts of immigration reform. This may not be the speech that's going to deal with the entire process of immigration reform, but will be very clear about how to deter illegal immigration. We used to be a country where we applauded legal immigration, but we turned a blind eye to illegal immigration, which really just compounds the problems that we have. So focusing on making legal immigration easier will come at some point, but how to deter illegal immigration is paramount and is going to be addressed tonight.
BERMAN: Well, we are waiting to see if he does address the legal status issue for the some 11 million undocumented immigrants.