Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s son says he was surprised his father’s immigration policy address this week alienated some Hispanic advocates.
Several Hispanic surrogates for Trump said Wednesday they were having second thoughts after the Republican presidential nominee laid out his 10-point, hard-line immigration plan.
“[It] is actually pretty amazing considering the speech was actually very consistent and he has been very, very consistent with his plan. It’s really interesting,” Eric Trump said Friday on “Fox & Friends."
The candidate laid out his proposals in a raucous speech Wednesday night in Phoenix.
“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have a country. Otherwise we don’t have a country,” Donald Trump said.
“On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall."
Jacob Monty, a Houston-based attorney, resigned from Donald Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council after hearing Wednesday’s address. Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, has since said he is also “inclined” to stop backing Trump.
“When we met [earlier in August], he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers,” Monty told Politico. "What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate. He didn’t deliver any of that.”
“We thought we were moving in the right direction,” Aguilar added. "We’re disappointed. We feel misled.”
Eric Trump said his father’s campaign hoped to clarify its message to both men and continue working with them.
“It’s very important to us,” he said. "If you look at the Hispanic community and the Latino community, they’ve largely been left behind in this country."