Trump Talks Immigration to Record Crowds in Border State

The billionaire Republican candidate claims to have more than 10,000 people in attendance at his Phoenix rally.
1:35 | 07/12/15

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And now, to the race for the white house. Thousands turning out today to cheer on Donald Trump. The republican contender taking his immigration speech to border states, as the billionaire businessman soars in the polls. The backlash inside his own party is growing. Here's ABC's Devin Dwyer. Reporter: Tonight, Donald Trump stumping at the epicenter of the immigration debate. Trump in Arizona, where 10,000 people are expected in Phoenix for one of the largest crowds of any republican candidate this campaign. He's sharing the stage with Arizona's sheriff Joe arpaio, the controversial icon in the debate about illegal immigration. The real estate mogul surging in the polls as he doubles down on immigration. Trump, now near the top of the gop presidential pack, rivaling former Florida governor Jeb bush. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. Reporter: Words that have sparked protests from L.A. To D.C. Nearly every republican candidate worried that trump is hurting outreach to Latinos. His statements denounced as offensive and inaccurate. He also said it in a way that's going to kill my party. Reporter: The republican party chairman personally calling trump this week, asking him to tone it down. Today, a hint of moderation. I love the Mexican people. I love the spirit of the Mexican people. Reporter: For republicans, the race to the white house is now a race to the debate stage. Just 26 days from now, the candidates will face off for the first time in Cleveland. And with his surge in the polls, Donald Trump will likely be on that stage. Cecilia? Devin, thank you.

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