Immigration agencies weigh Trump policy's potential impact on Indianapolis

Posted at 9:27 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 21:27:54-04

Local immigration agencies in Indianapolis are still working through what Republican Donald Trump's 10-point plan could mean for current and future families in the area.

Less than a month ago, the Indy Chamber, the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Indiana Latino Institute made a joint call for immigration reform.

"Let's get back to what makes America America: it attracts the poorest, the people who want to work the hardest, that want to work for their family," said the restaurant association's Patrick Tamm.

Indianapolis' Immigrant Welcome Center expects that by 2025, minorities will make up the majority of Marion County, with immigrants making up roughly 13 percent. So, they're keeping a close eye on Trump, who has made a hardline immigration policy central to his presidential platform.

On Wednesday, Trump promised to create a "new special deportation task force" and repeated his call to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

"We will be fair, just and compassionate to all," Trump said, "but our greatest compassion must be for our American citizens."

A prominent Latino Trump surrogate, Alfonso Aguilar, has pulled his support for Trump, saying he feels the GOP nominee mislead him about his immigration plan.

Critics have painted Trump's plans as either unrealistic or impossible, and have said his immigration policies will harm the U.S. economy.