Donald Trump is considering a plan that could require undocumented immigrants to "self-deport" in order to be allowed to return to the United States legally, Sen. Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.
"He has discussed that and will wrestle with it," the Alabama Republican told CNN's "New Day" program. "But what he said he is absolutely going to do is end the future flow, end the lawlessness and put this country on the right path."
Sessions, who has become one of Trump's key surrogates, said he isn't sure "how firm" Trump is on all the details, but he is thinking about a policy requiring undocumented immigrants to return to their native countries and not be allowed back into the United States without applying. Sessions noted it's a plan other politicians have suggested.
Trump came under fire early in his bid for the GOP nomination by promising a "deportation force" and saying immigrants in the United States illegally would be deported, and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee mentioned that during Tuesday night's debate.
However, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP vice-presidential nominee, said Kaine's claims that the "force" would send enforcement door-to-door was "nonsense."
Sessions acknowledged on Wednesday that Trump did speak of a deportation force, "but he didn't say that they're going to go out house to house and round people up."
Meanwhile, Sessions said he believes Pence won Tuesday night's debate because "he refused to be distracted" and remained on the key issues of under discussion.
Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump, and told CNN Pence and other Trump supporters and surrogates have been asked to defend too much of what their candidate has said.
"You have a question from the media or from Tim Kaine with 10 different charges in it, and there's no way the respondent can actually address each one," said Sessions.
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