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Will Trump Lighten Up on Immigration to Save His Campaign?

By: Amanda Blohm - Aug 22, 2016, 10:08 am
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Donald Trump is losing support fast, in part because his policies on immigration are viewed by many voters as extreme. (wikimedia)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be changing his strict immigration policies for something lighter.

An aid to the nominee said a shift in his immigration policy — involving the deportation of over 11 million people — is under review.

Trump has promised to increase immigration regulations — to make them stricter, to deport illegal immigrants by carrying out mass deportations and to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Critics have pointed out most of these are expensive and unrealistic goals.

Trump has fallen far behind Hillary Clinton in opinion polls for the presidential election. The candidate has been having trouble gaining support from white working-class voters, let alone black and Hispanic ones.

A Reuters survey showed that Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump by eight percentage points, 42 percent for Clinton and 34 percent to Donald Trump.

Trump’s newly appointed Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN that Donald Trump was looking for a “fair and humane” approach to dealing with immigration.

“What he supports is to make sure we enforce the law,” Conway said. “We are respectful of those Americans who are looking for well-paying jobs and that we are fair and humane to those who live among us in our country.”

Conway said there were some things that are still to be determined, including a “deportation force” within Trump’s plans for immigration.

Trump has been at the center of controversy for several reasons, and his stance regarding immigration has been one of them. The total and complete shutdown of Muslims seeking to enter the country in addition to the potential wall between Mexico and the United States have been viewed as extreme reactions to a slowing immigration problem.

Trump reshuffled his campaign staff this month, including promoting Conway and adding Head of Breitbart News Stephen Bannon as the Campaign Chief Executive.

Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort resigned Friday following the release of information surrounding his work in Ukraine and Russia political campaigns.

Sources: Reuters.