Saturday Donald Trump told hispanic advisers that he wanted a “humane and efficient” way to deal with illegal immigrants in the United States, but that all recommendations must fit within his strong border security policy, according to participants in the session.
“He said people who are here is the toughest part of the immigration debate, that it must be something that respects border security but deals with this in a humane and efficient manner,” Jacob Monty, an immigration lawyer from Houston, told BuzzFeed News after the session at Trump Tower in New York.
Jose Fuentes, who headed Mitt Romney’s Hispanic advisory committee in 2012, said that “the idea is that we’re not getting someone in front of the line.
“We’re doing it in a legal way, but he wants to hear ideas of how we deal with 11 million people that are here with no documents,” Fuentes said.
Members of the Republican National Committee participated in the meeting with the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump.
The council marks Trump’s first serious effort to reach out to Hispanics, after making disparaging comments about illegal immigrants throughout the campaign and calling for his building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
He also questioned the objectivity of a federal judge overhearing a lawsuit against Trump University because of his Hispanic heritage.
But a Trump campaign spokeswoman told Fox News that the issues discussed at the meeting did not mark a softening of the developer’s stance on immigration.
Trump has long called for deporting illegals and doing so in an efficient way, she told Fox.