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Pence: Trump Has Backed Off Muslim Immigration Ban

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

By    |   Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 06:28 PM

Mike Pence said Donald Trump is no longer calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"It's not Donald Trump’s position now," Pence told CNN’s "New Day" on Thursday. 

Pence, who had called Trump’s once-proposed Muslim immigration ban proposal "offensive and unconstitutional" in November 2015, joined the Trump campaign as the vice presidential nominee in July. Pence then supported a temporary ban on all immigration that could be expanded to other religions, according to a radio interview in August. 

After a successful debate Tuesday against Democratic vice president nominee Tim Kaine, Pence is now stumping for a unified front on immigration with Trump.

"We have a deportation force," Pence told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Thursday. "It's called Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].

"We're going to get criminal aliens out of the country first. We're going to get people to leave the country who are supposed to have left because their visas were overstayed, and then we're going to reform the immigration system."

Pence clarified his ticket's position on banning immigrants from specific regions, not necessarily religions.

"We're talking about areas of the world, territories and specifically countries that have been so compromised by terrorism that we can't know for certain who those people are," Pence told MSNBC.

"Germany just a couple of weeks ago arrested three more Syrian refugees for being involved in terrorist planning and terrorist operations. The Paris attacks were organized by two Syrian refugees."

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