Update: We haven’t been able to reach the Trump campaign this afternoon, but representatives told the Denver Post the candidate is not planning any additional stops or any big speeches when he visits Aspen for a fundraiser later this week.
Univision reported earlier that Donald Trump would be announcing a major change to his immigration plans and that he’d be doing it in Colorado this week.
The campaign has formally denied the report, which comes from three people who attended a meeting Saturday between Trump and Hispanic leaders, including members of the National Hispanic Advisory Council For Trump.
The new plans allegedly back away from earlier calls to deport some 11 million people living here illegally and instead will offer a way for at least some of them to become legal residents without returning to their home countries.
“Trump was very categorical in saying that he’s seeking a fair immigration reform,” Republican National Committee spokesperson Helen Aguirre told the Spanish-language network. “He wants to listen to everyone and announce his conclusions in the coming days.”
“I really liked that Trump acknowledged that there is a big problem with the 11 million [undocumented] people who are here, and that deporting them is neither possible nor humane,” said Jacob Monty, a Texas immigration lawyer who attended the meeting.
But Trump spokesman Steven Cheung told Univision: “Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before … enforce our immigration laws, uphold the Constitution and be fair and humane while putting American workers first.”
As of Monday morning, a spokeswoman for the campaign in Colorado could neither confirm or deny that Trump will be retuning or where. “The schedule isn’t finalized,” Lydia Blaha said.
Trump is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Aspen that day.
Blaha also said she couldn’t comment on any changes to Trump’s immigration proposal.
But if there is a change, Colorado would be a good place to announce it, as analysts and pollsters have consistently cited Colorado’s growing Latino population as a major reason Trump isn’t competitive here.
Trump has called for the construction of a border wall that Mexico would pay for (Mexico says it will not pay for any such thing) and deportation of all people living here illegally.
He famously launched his presidential campaign last year with these remarks: “When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
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