In his latest pitch to minority voters, Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to fight for "every Hispanic citizen" by protecting their jobs and wages and pursuing aggressive immigration reform.
After spending the past week tailoring his stump speeches to African-American voters, Trump shifted gears during a campaign stop in Tampa, Fla., with a similar message directed at the Latino community.
The Republican presidential nominee has softened his tone on immigration since he met with Hispanic leaders last weekend, but on Wednesday he promised to enforce immigration laws, "remove people who overstay their visas, dismantle the gangs and cartels and protect jobs and benefits for hardworking American citizens."
"That includes protecting the jobs and wages of Hispanic citizens living right here in Florida," Trump noted. "They deserve to have their jobs protected from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton "would rather give a job to an illegal immigrant than to an unemployed Hispanic citizen, an unemployed African-American citizen or even to a veteran," he claimed.
Trump suggested his anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda would benefit Hispanics tremendously by restoring America's business-friendly environment and creating "thousands of new jobs."
"There are over 600,000 Hispanic-owned businesses here in Florida," he noted. "Hillary Clinton's plan would smother them with regulations, drive up their electricity bills and then raise their taxes to as much as almost 50 percent."
Echoing what he's been telling black voters, Trump said his administration would be focused on creating "a more inclusive society where no American is left behind."
"We are going to bring jobs, opportunity and hope to every community in this nation," he said.
A Florida Atlantic University poll released hours before Trump arrived in Tampa showed him carrying a slim 2-point lead over Clinton — 43-41 percent — in the crucial battleground state.