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At Minority Voter Outreach Roundtable, Trump Promises to Build a Stronger Border Wall

"Don't let the media fool the media, (I'm) very strong on illegal immigration — we have to be, we have no choice," Trump said

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    In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Va.

    Donald Trump is meeting with participants in a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young and largely minority campaign volunteers.

    More than a dozen members of the Republican Leadership Institute were meeting with Trump Thursday morning at Trump Tower in New York City.

    The meeting comes as Trump tries to increase his outreach to black and Latino voters, saying his economic policies would help minorities.

    "We have great relationships with the African-American community," he said.

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    The Republican presidential nominee has claimed that Democrats have been "very disrespectful" toward minorities and taken their support for granted. Polls show minorities overwhelmingly favor Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

    Ben Carson, a Trump ally, and Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's communications director, were among the other prominent Republicans present.

    Trump also promised to unveil his new immigration policy over "the next week or two." He had originally aimed to give his speech Thursday in Colorado but it was postponed and a makeup date has yet to be announced. Trump, in recent days, has signaled that he is backing away from one of his signature immigration policies, mass deportations of the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

    But speaking Thursday at a meeting with minority Republicans at Trump Tower, he emphasized that he's still "very strong on illegal immigration."

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    "Don't let the media fool the media, (I'm) very strong on illegal immigration — we have to be, we have no choice. We either have our country or we don't. We either have borders or we don't," he said, stressing that he plans to build a stronger border wall with Mexico.