On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took part in a televised town hall event in the key election battleground state of Pennsylvania, during which he faced questions from uncommitted voters in the audience.
In an emotional encounter during the event - hosted by ABC's George Stephanopoulos - Trump was confronted with a question from an audience member who said her mother had died from Covid-19.
Flora Cruceta, who told the president that she and her mother had emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2006, fought back tears as she spoke.
'We come from Dominican Republic in 2006 to live our American dream. But she forgot how to take care of herself and she died last month,' she said. 'She had breast cancer but it made metastases on her brain, bone, and lungs and she passed on the 19th [of August].
'One of her biggest dreams was to become a citizen to vote, and she did. She did, 10 days before she died. And I did it too. She pushed me so hard to do it and I did [on August] 28th,' she added.
Flora Cruceta (right) who told the president (left) that she and her mother had emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2006, fought back tears as she spoke to Trump during an ABC town hall event on Tuesday, hosted in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania
Going on, she said she was 'here because of her', and thanked the president saying 'you made people closer' during the pandemic, before posing a question to him from her mother, who she said was meant to be in the audience with her.
'Her question for you was - because she wrote this question - what will you do for our immigration system? What will you change to make more people, like me and like her, to become citizens and vote?' Cruceta asked.
In response, Trump assured her that his administration is 'doing something with immigration' that be believes 'is going to be very strong.'
'We want people to come into our country, people like you and like your mother,' he said. 'It’s a very sad story but we want people to come into our country. We want them to come in - a lot of people but we want them to come in through a legal system.'
Trump went on allude to a 'merit system' that is being worked on 'very hard right now', saying that the system would be announced soon. 'It's going to have quite an impact. I think it’s going