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Spokeswoman: Trump Wasn't Making Policy in Meeting With Hispanic Leaders

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 10:34 PM

Responding to Hispanic leaders who have withdrawn their support from Donald Trump over his immigration speech on Wednesday, campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said the Republican presidential candidate was merely getting input from them at a recent meeting, and not making final decisions.

"Mr. Trump has these meetings and he listens to everyone, and it's very important for him to have that input," Pierson said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." "That doesn't necessarily mean they're making policy in these meetings."

Trump's speech in Phoenix called for all 11 million illegal immigrants to leave the country, then apply for re-entry legally, something Pierson noted has been his view from the beginning.

"It's truly unfortunate in American politics today that we have to remind people that the goal of the United States president is to do what's right for the American people," she said. "And that's exactly what he's doing.

"We are at a stage where this is a Paul Revere moment here again in America," Pierson said. "Danger is coming. Things are really out of control with immigration."

Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, was one of at least three members of Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council who already have resigned over the speech. Up to 15 of the 30-member panel have said they are considering withdrawing their support.

Aguilar told "Kelly File" guest host Shannon Bream that Hispanic leaders such as himself were "sticking our neck out" for Trump, only to have the GOP nominee give a speech that was "worse than what he proposed initially."

Jacob Monty, a Houston immigration lawyer who quit Trump's committee immediately following the speech, agreed, saying Trump's team "built this speech up to be the seminal speech of the campaign on immigration. And they did not deliver."

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Responding to Hispanic leaders who have withdrawn their support from Donald Trump over his immigration speech on Wednesday, campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said the Republican presidential candidate was merely getting input from them at a recent meeting, and not making final decisions.
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