August 29, 2016 10:01 PM EDT

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Donald Trump Jr. says that if his father is elected president, he will bring jobs back to African-American and minority communities by cracking down on illegal immigration.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a roundtable meeting with the Republican Leadership Initiative in his offices at Trump Tower in New York, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Dr. Ben Carson is seated next to Trump at center. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The eldest of Trump’s children, who is advising his father in his presidential bid, says cracking down on people illegally entering the country will result in more jobs for lower-paid American workers.

“Illegal immigration is affecting people at that lowest rung of employment disproportionately,” Trump Jr. says. “They are not competing with people who have MBAs, they’re taking jobs away from African-American youth, even Hispanic youth that could be getting those jobs because people are paying them under the table or undercutting the wage and preventing those jobs from ever happening.”

The Republican presidential nominee has been using his hardline stance on immigration, which is a major theme in his campaign, to woo blue-collar workers, saying that federal law protects the rights of Americans to get jobs. Trump says undocumented immigrants are taking those jobs, resulting in Americans being denied that protection.

But the GOP candidate appears to be pivoting from his promise during the primaries to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, to a new narrowed focus on immigrant criminals, although he says he still plans to build a wall along the Mexico border. In addition, Trump announced that he would be making a “major speech” on immigration during his stop in Arizona on Wednesday.

As for the continuing investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Donald Jr. says that the discovery of nearly 15,000 more emails that the former Secretary of State never turned over to the government only highlights Clinton’s untrustworthiness.

Responding to emails that suggest that Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, was being paid both by the government and a consulting firm founded by one of the top executives at the Clinton Foundation during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, Trump Jr. says, “Come on, it’s ridiculous, if you did that in business today, you’d go to jail.”

Trump Jr. says that national security is a priority for his father, but job creation is key.

“Jobs, isn’t that where it all starts?”  Trump Jr. added.

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