Bill Richardson: Trump ‘spooked’ GOP away from immigration reform
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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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.

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“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 CruzO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE's 559 and John Kasich's 148.