Trump spokesperson says establishing deportation taskforce is "to be determined"

Kellyanne Conway said that Trump wanted to "enforce the law" when it comes to immigration

Trump spokesperson says establishing deportation taskforce is "to be determined"

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after delivering a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina | Image: Gerald Herbert / AP/Press Association Images

Kellyanne Conway, one of the newest members of Donald Trump's campaign team in the wake of his second shake-up, refused to be drawn on whether or not the New York businessman was still proposing a 'deportation force'.

The issue of illegal immigration and undocumented workers in the United States has been a cornerstone of Trump's discourse since the primary phase of the elections, but in light of plunging poll numbers Trump had been attempting to appeal to a wider base of voters. 

In a recent meeting with Hispanic leaders who have formed an advisory council for the Republican candidate, it was reported that he was considering a softening on that position, stating that he was interested in figuring out a "humane and efficient" way to deal with those who were in the country illegally.

Speaking in November on MSNBC however, Trump stated that if he were elected president, he would instigate a deportation task force that would be designed specifically to deal with illegal immigration. 

"They're going back where they came," said Trump. "If they came from a certain country they're going back to that country, that's the way it's supposed to be."

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday morning, Conway said that the Trump campaign's position on the matter was that they wanted "to make sure that we enforce the law, to make sure that we are respectful of those Americans who are looking for well-paying jobs, and that we are fair and humane for those who live among us in this country."

When pressed on whether or not that would involve a specialised force to deport undocumented immigrants, Conway said that Trump would provide further details as the weeks unfold in the run-up to the election, but establishing a particular force was something which was still "to be determined."

Trump also attempted to appeal to African-American voters in recent days after a speech in Michigan on Friday, in which he asked "what do you have to lose? You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?"

Recent polls show that Trump is behind Jill Stein of the Green Party and Libertarian Gary Johnson with just 2% of African-American voters saying they would vote for him, while 66% of Hispanic voters said they would be voting for his rival Hillary Clinton.