The lack of focus on immigration in previous debates was striking, especially as it's played such large role in the campaign. Trump launched his candidacy last year in a fiery speech in which he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" before adding "and some, I assume, are good people." Clinton has used that clip — and others like it — to galvanize support among Latinos and to further attack Trump's character.
Clinton continued that line of attack Wednesday, saying that Trump's plan to deport 15 million undocumented immigrants would "rip our country apart."
"I have been for border security for years," she said. "But I want to put our resources where I think they're most needed: getting rid of any violent person."
On Wednesday, Trump repeated his desire for "strong borders" and accused Clinton of wanting "to give amnesty." He also opened a fresh line of attack on the president, saying that Obama has been deporting "millions" of people.
"Nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it," he said. "She doesn't want to say that, but that's what's happened, and that's what happened big league."
While "millions" is an exaggeration, the country has increased its deporting efforts in recent years to a high of 435,000 in 2013, according to government data cited by the Pew Research Center.
Of course, that doesn't normalize the data based on how many illegal immigrants are entering the country, so the figure could be a lot lower. There's also issues of defining "deportation," which the Washington Post outlined under the clever headline "Lies, damned lies and Obama's deportation statistics."