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Trump Campaign Manager Conway: Immigrant Deportation Force 'To Be Determined'

Liz Johnstone
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Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, on Sunday said that the creation of a "deportation force" for undocumented immigrants under a Trump administration was "to be determined."

Throughout the Republican primary, Trump supported the forcible removal of the some 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to live in the United States.

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Last November, he called for a deportation force to do the job. In an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe," he said, "You're going to have a deportation force, and you're going to do it humanely."

Trump has made the vilification of immigrants a central part of his campaign: from his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border (and claims that Mexico will "pay for it") to his call to ban people who are Muslim from traveling to the United States. He made headlines in June for saying that an American-born judge presiding over a Trump University lawsuit could not be impartial because of the judge's Hispanic ancestry.

But in August, his campaign convened a meeting of a new Hispanic advisory board. Speaking to NBC Latino of an "open-minded" Trump, Hispanic supporters who attended the meeting suggested the GOP candidate would unveil a new immigration plan that offered solutions beyond deportation.

In light of the meeting and apparent policy reversal, CNN's Dana Bash pressed Conway, who was named Trump's campaign manager just days ago, Sunday on whether Trump still supported launching the deportation force he called for during the primary.

Conway evaded the question twice, then responded, "To be determined."

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