President Donald Trump speaks in the Hall of Columns as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, to rally Republicans around a GOP immigration bill. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump stands firm on immigration policy, sees it as a winner

June 20, 2018 - 1:10 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sees his immigration policy as a winner with voters ahead of midterm elections this fall in spite of controversy over the government separating children and parents at the southern border.

Trump defended his hard-line views by saying, "You have to stand for something."

White House officials and outside advisers tell The Associated Press that the president remains confident that projecting toughness on immigration is the right call. The officials and advisers spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

While the White House signaled Trump may be open to a narrow fix to deal with the problem of separations at the border, the president spent Tuesday stressing immigration policies that he has championed throughout his surprise political career.

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