TAMPA, Florida, US (sentinel.ht) – Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would allow exceptions to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the United States. It marks a major shift in his earlier positions where he wanted to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The Republican candidate for president still believes in stricter immigration policies. He is vowing to build a wall across the border with Mexico and employ “extreme vetting” in immigration practices. For undocumented immigrants living in the country, he still says citizenship is not granted automatically. He told Fox News, “there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”
“No citizenship. Let me go a step further — 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,” Trump told Sean Hannity when asked if he would allow for exceptions to his long-held deportation position.
He continued: “Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject — and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me — and they’ve said, ‘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,’ I have it all the time. It’s a very, very hard thing.”