The first area of focus for Donald Trump when he announced his candidacy for presidentwas targeting illegal immigrants from Mexico. While his hard-line stance on immigration made him popular in the Republican primary, he's failed to duplicate that success in the general election.

Immigration flip-flip

In a surprising turn of events last week, Trump accepted an invitation by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to travel to Mexico to speak about the relationship between the two countries. After speaking in a private meeting, the two held a joint press conference and appeared to be on the same page.

Just hours later, Nieto spoke to the local press, noting that the first thing he said to Trump was that Mexico would never pay for his proposed border wall, conflicting the GOP nominee's previous claim. These issues were discussed during the September 4 edition of ABC's "The Week."

Joining host Martha Raddatz was recently hired Kellyanne Conway, the new campaign manager for Trump.

As part of her hiring, Conway has attempted to shift the campaign's message in an attempt to improve Trump's polling with minorities. When Conway was repeatedly questioned about who Trump would want deport, she appeared uncomfortable, deflecting away from the question at hand.

“He said that the priority will be criminals and those who have overstayed their visas," Raddatz pointed out, insisting that the cost of deporting over six million illegal immigrants could be as high as $67 million.

When Raddatz asked how Trump was planning to pay for it, Conway was unable to give a clear answer. "By enforcing the law and relying upon those law enforcement officers and those ICE officers to do their job," Conway insisted, claiming that immigration officials have been "completely hamstrung" but the current administration.

Raddatz went back to the original question of if all illegal immigrants would be deported, but Conway continued to deflect.

"If they're criminals, they're going immediately. And we don’t know what that number is. We hear anything from 1 million to 2 million," Conway said. Raddatz chimed in, asking once again about the other illegal immigrants who weren't criminals. After Conway gave another confusing answer, Raddatz threw the towel in, stating, "OK. But that really doesn’t clear it up, Kellyanne."

Election update

After the hiring of Conway, Trump noted that he would be open to a "softening" on immigration, though his long awaited "detailed policy speech" sounded more like a GOP primary message than one for the general election.

The former host of "The Apprentice" has struggled to keep pace with Hillary Clinton in recent weeks, though he remains just four points behind in the latest rolling average from Real Clear Politics. In addition to his historically low poll numbers with minority voters, Trump's biggest issue heading into the election is in battleground states, where he continues to falter, most notably in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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