Politics: In a stunning reversal, Donald Trump has virtually erased the hard, bright line he had drawn on immigration during the Republican primaries. In its place is a kinder, gentler immigration policy. Can Trump's campaign survive such a shift in his signature issue?
Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said he was moderating his stance on immigration.
"There could certainly be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said. "We want people — we have some great people in this country."
"So you have somebody who's been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, and everything else," Trump told the studio audience. "Do we take him and the family and ... send him out?"
He floated the idea that those here illegally might be asked to pay "back taxes." Still, he insisted, "there's no amnesty, but we work with them." He said that throwing people out of the country who have been here for 15 to 20 years is "a very, very hard thing."
Unfortunately, many of those who voted for him during the primaries did so because he was one of the only candidates to have a get-tough immigration policy — pushing to deport those here illegally, advocating the building of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and calling on a halt to Muslim immigration "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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