In a desperate bid to reboot his campaign, Donald Trump has expressed willingness to soften his draconian immigration stance.
Previously, the Republican nominee suggested the deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
However, in a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump took everyone by surprise by saying while undocumented immigration will get “no citizenship,” they will have to pay back taxes in exchange for legal status — after getting the “bad ones” out.
“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 stated.
It’s a indeed a shocking proposal coming from someone, who, as the Huffington Post first pointed out, referred to people coming via unauthorized border crossings as “vomit” a little over a year ago, nearly a month before announcing his bid for presidency.
During an event hosted by Texas Patriots PAC on April 30, 2015, the media mogul was explaining (read: exaggerating) how Mexico was taking businesses away from the U.S. And then he said this:
“Everything’s coming across the border: the illegals, the cars, the whole thing. It’s like a big mess. Blah. It’s like vomit.”
You can listen to his comments in the video below around the 40:18 mark:
Considering his latest exchange with Hannity, it might appear that Trump is indeed taking a somewhat lighter approach toward illegal immigration but, as his aide Katrina Pierson insisted in a memorable CNN interview, the candidate’s opinions have not altered one bit, he is just changing his words — which essentially means Trump’s flip-flopping from his original stance.