Trump spokeswoman: Immigration not a top priority for Americans
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's spokeswoman on Tuesday said voters in this election don't view immigration as one of the top issues.


In an interview on CNN's "New Day," Katrina Pierson sought to clarify Trump's position on immigration when asked if Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is open to amnesty for some immigrants in the country illegally.

"What Mr. Trump says is that when it comes down to the end of his 10-point plan, he'll make a further decision," Pierson said.

"But first he wants to make a commitment to Americans to fulfill everything that, previously, administrations failed to do, which is to secure the border and control the flow of immigration."

CNN host Alisyn Camerota interrupted Pierson, saying: "This is different. ... This is a big deal, the idea that he might be open to legal status."

"It's actually not," Pierson responded. "Immigration is not showing to be a top priority for Americans in this election cycle."

Camerota shot back, saying the GOP nominee has made it a "big deal" for his campaign and "now it sounds as if he is open to amnesty."  

Trump in an interview on Monday said he isn't "ruling out anything" when asked if he could rule out a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

Pierson continued to defend Trump during the interview, saying the nominee's governing principle is "if you are in this country illegally, you need to leave and return legally."

"That's been his governing principle. He’s laid out these primary initiatives one through 10. They're on the website so that he can let Americans know that his priorities are not to go after families," Pierson said.

"His priorities are to go after the criminal aliens after they build the wall, after they end catch and release, implement e-Verify, and essentially eliminate all the magnets that draw illegals into this country."

From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has said he is going to be a "negotiator in Congress," Pierson said.

Pierson also noted that there could be 20 million or 30 million undocumented immigrants in the country, acknowledging the GOP nominee "can't promise to deport every single illegal alien in the country if there's 30 million."

"There's not enough time in his presidency to do that, which is why he laid out his priorities," she said.

She added that there are going to be some people who "hide out."

"And we have to come up with something at a later date to take care of that issue," she said.