Trump Just Did a Massive 180 on Undocumented Immigrants

He indicates he might soften his stance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2016 1:37 PM CDT
Trump Just Did a Massive 180 on Undocumented Immigrants
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.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Both NPR and NBC are calling it a "stunning reversal": Donald Trump indicated he would back a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants in the US. "No citizenship," he said during a town hall with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News Wednesday night. "They'll pay back-taxes; they have to pay taxes; there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them." And, of course, we'd have to "get the bad ones out," he added. What changed his mind? He says he's met with many supporters who've told him, "Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who's been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump." Trump had previously called for mass deportations.

"When somebody really has shown—it's called like the merit system, other than they did break the law in the first place, OK? And that's a little unfair to people but we're going to let people come in anyway," Trump said, noting that his plan would apply only to immigrants who have "done a great job" during their time in the US. "So do we tell these people to get out or do we work with them and let them stay in some form?" NBC notes that Trump didn't announce anything "concrete" about his immigration plans, and sounded a bit "unsure" of his own stance. But what he said was enough to upset Ann Coulter, who tweeted her distaste for the whole idea, Politico reports. Mediaite notes that earlier this week, Coulter said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to soften his stance on immigration. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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