Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump picked up the endorsement
on Monday of the union representing 5,000 federal immigration officers,
a boost of support for his immigration policy ahead of his first debate
with Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump has laid out a hardline position on illegal immigration, proposing
to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico and take other
steps to crack down on the flow of undocumented people crossing into the
With immigration likely to be discussed at the debate, the National Immigration
and Customs Enforcement Council, a union representing 5,000 federal immigration
officers and law enforcement support staff, announced it would support
Trump, in what was described as its first endorsement of a candidate for
The union's president, Chris Crane, outlined in a statement why his
group is backing Trump, saying his union members are "the last line
of defense for American communities" and that his members "are
prevented from enforcing the most basic immigration laws."
A CNN/ORC poll released on Sept. 7 said that among registered voters, 49
percent said they trusted Clinton to handle immigration, a slight advantage
over Trump, who was at 47 percent.
Crane said the endorsement was conducted by a vote of the union's membership
and that Clinton received only 5 percent of the vote.
(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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