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Donald Trump Jr: My father's immigration policy still America first

Donald Trump Jr. says his father's immigration policy hasn't changed, he wants to take care of Americans and put them first


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," August 23, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: So what is Trump's immigration plan?

Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. goes ON THE RECORD from the set of Sean's big town hall tonight.

Nice to see you.

DONALD TRUMP, JR., DONALD TRUMP'S SON: How are you doing, Greta? Good to be with.

VAN SUSTEREN: Good to have you.

OK, so, give me a preview.

When Donald Trump first declared that he was going to be candidate for president. He told us about the wall. He told us about the fact that he's going to keep people out of the country, Muslims out of the country.

Things now seemed to have changed a bit. So I must admit I'm a little confused. What is his immigration policy?

TRUMP, JR.: Really, Greta, I don't think anything has changed a bit. I think things have been pretty much the same. Obviously the media, maybe they are bored because they don't get enough entertainment from Hillary, because she has been in hiding for 280 something days.

But, you know, ultimately his plans basically the same. What he wants to do is make sure that Americans get taken care of first. And we put Americans to work rather than letting everyone else come in here. He wants to take care of Americans. And that's been his plan from day one. That's been his plan consistently. He wants to make sure that those people are taken care of. He is not anti-immigrant.

My mother is an immigrant. His mother is an immigrant. He understands that. But he also understands the rule of law. He realizes that people have to follow laws like they did to get into this country, and that's how it should be done.

VAN SUSTEREN: Does that mean that mass deportation of the estimated 11 to 12 to 15 million illegal is off the table?

TRUMP, JR.: Does it mean it's off the table? I don't know, you know -- I don't know the exact details of it, you know, in terms of that. But he's always going to do something humanely. He is a good guy. He's a caring guy.

But in the end, he has to care about Americans first. That's the job of the president. And when I look at the administration currently, when I look at who we are running against, I feel most of the time that they are more concern about taking care of people from other parts of the world.

People from countries that hate our guts, people that would love to wipe us off the face of the earth. They are more worried about their feelings than their Americans. We are here to put Americans back to worth. We are her to build up Americans, to take care of all Americans of all ethnicities, all backgrounds and make sure that in their country, they take precedent. I think that is just common sense, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Right around the corner are these debates. And I'm curious whether or not Donald begins to focus on these debates, whether he is preparing for them, reading material. Has he started to look at the debates?

TRUMP JR: You know, he certainly has, I mean he is looking at that is, he is thinking about it, but he is living that day today. I mean, he is hearing what the American people have to say. I have been saying it for a long time, Greta. He is giving them a voice again. Our politicians have largely forgotten the American people. They are catering to their special interest. They are catering to the people foreign and domestic, giving millions and hundreds of millions of dollars to their various foundations. That is not what my father is about. My father is about hearing the American worker, the hard working people who made this country great, who built this incredible nation. He is about making sure that they have a voice again. So he is hearing from them on a daily basis as he travels the country. That is his debate prep.

VAN SUSTEREN: Often here at "On The Record" I talk about LBJ's war on poverty that he declares in 1965, and which has been a dreadful failure. We have lost that war on poverty. He spoke the other night to African- Americans who live in many of these inner city areas that are very poor. What, what difference -- what would he do differently for these inner cities to try to win this war on poverty that we have so far lost dreadfully?

TRUMP JR: Well, listen, again, the Democrats certainly have a strong hold on those cities. But if you look at policies, like you said, starting from LBJ it's been a total disaster. I mean, it's created a vicious cycle that has kept people in poverty that has kept people away from jobs.

VAN SUSTEREN: So what would he do?

TRUMP JR: First of all, I think he would create law and order. I mean, he has been, you know vocal advocate for that you have to have law and order. You can't have cities and you know towns run by gangs and thugs and people who are afraid to ultimately prosecute them. I think you need law and order. Then you have to focus on education. Making sure that those people get the same chances of a good education, not an education system that is ruled, you know from D.C. that can't understand the inner workings of those cities that have never been in the inner cities.

You have to give people an education so they can get out of that cycle. It's not an easy task. But it's something that he is going to do. I think he has frankly said about, look at the policies that the Democrats have given him. Look at where you are today if you live in those communities. You are no better off than you were two decades ago, yet alone eight years ago. And candidly you are probably worse off in those cases. So it is about making sure that those people have an opportunity, the same opportunity that you and I want for our kids and grand kids. We want to make sure that those people get the same chance.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you so much for joining us.