Donald Trump's immigration policy message got lost "in the emotion of the moment" of a fiery rally speech last week — and in reality leaves "a very big opening" for illegal immigrants with no criminal record, adviser Rudy Giuliani said Sunday.
In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," the former New York City mayor said the address in Phoenix, Arizona was "delivered… in a dramatic style because it was a rally audience."
"If you read that speech carefully, that speech is consistent with what he has said in the past, and it leaves a very big opening for what will happen with the people that remain here in the United States after the criminals are removed and after the border is secure," Giuliani said.
Giuliani said Trump "would find it very, very difficult to throw out a family that's been here for 15 years and they have three children, two of whom are citizens."
"That point got lost to some extent in the emotion of the moment – the emotion of the moment were the 10 mothers and two fathers who came up [whose children] have been killed by illegal immigrants released because of the incompetent policies of the Obama administration, which Hillary Clinton is just going to continue," he added.
Giuliani also defended Trump's focus on the validity of President Barack Obama birth in the United States — a position that's enraged African American voters — saying it was Hillary Clinton's campaign that first raised the issue during the 2008 presidential campaign.
"I think Donald Trump is the first Republican since [the late] Jack Kemp, and me, to go into minority, poor communities and say, the Democrats have failed you for 50 years and you are reflexively giving them your vote and they're going from bad to worse," he added. "Food stamps have gone up two and a half times under Barack Obama. He should be ashamed of himself. Jobs should have gone up two and a half times."
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