Bill Richardson: Trump ‘spooked’ GOP away from immigration reform
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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE has scared Republicans away from tackling immigration reform.

“I think because of the talk of Trump on closing the borders, on deporting 11 million people, which is impossible and too costly to do, he has spooked those very moderate Republicans, those Republicans that I think can see an advantage in immigration reform,” Richardson said Thursday in Washington, D.C., according to Politico.


“I think he’s spooked them for, unfortunately, a few more years,” he added. "Hopefully I’m wrong.”

Richardson said immigration reform would present a valuable economic opportunity. He spoke during a No Labels event presenting a policy playbook for the next president.

No Labels is an organization that advocates for bipartisan cooperation between lawmakers. It is co-chaired by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, has focused on strong immigration policy throughout his campaign.

He has repeatedly vowed to make Mexico pay for a wall along its border with the U.S., deport illegal immigrants and reduce narcotics abuse nationwide.

Trump has a huge lead in the GOP race with 845 delegates, to Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday American Airlines reviewing photographs of Sen. Cruz on flight without a mask 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch MORE's 559 and John Kasich's 148.