Trump Softens On Illegal Immigration, And His Fans Don’t Care

It’s not amnesty, though. At least no by name. Just like when George Bush and some Republicans tried to pass a not-amnesty? Or the Gang Of 8 pushed a no-amnesty pathway to citizenship?

(Politico) Amid talk that he is softening his stance on illegal immigration, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reassured his supporters Wednesday night that there will be “no amnesty” for those in the United States illegally.

But Trump added that he has grown increasingly sympathetic on the campaign trail to the plight of individuals who have spent years and sometimes decades in the U.S. illegally but have lived otherwise upstanding lives.

Trump was asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday night whether he would amend his previous pledge to remove all illegal immigrants from the U.S. to include an exception for undocumented immigrants who have not committed other crimes.

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“No citizenship,” Trump responded. “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.”

OK, it’s not-amnesty, just a work-with-them. Most of his hardcore supporters don’t seem to care

(Washington Post) Trump has been signaling for days that he might be open to a “softening” of one of his most extreme immigration positions and no longer call for the deportation of an estimated 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. He and his aides seemed to be testing the waters, setting off alarm bells among some conservatives who have rallied around his hard-line immigration stance.

But judging from many rally-goers here in Tampa on Wednesday and at an event Tuesday in Austin, many rank-and-file voters will give Trump relatively broad latitude to alter the parameters of his immigration policies.

Cruising Twitter Wednesday, most Trumpites didn’t seem to care. As long as he builds a wall, everything is OK. Except for Ann Coulter, who seems to be having a bit of a meltdown over this, and, as Katie Pavlich goes on to note

Trump’s backtracking on tough illegal immigration measures, including mass deportations, shouldn’t be surprising. After all, it was Trump who called Romney’s comments about self-deportation for economic reasons “mean-spirited” and “maniacal.” It’s also Trump who regularly hires immigrant workers to complete his building projects.

I find this all fascinating. I’ve been called a traitor, cuckservative, and Hillary supporter for noting that while Trump wants to be a wall, he has stood for some type of pathway to citizenship for quite some time, at least for certain illegal aliens. I’ve been told I’m full of sh*t. He called for amnesty at CPAC back in 2013. He started out the campaign calling for a wall while also saying he’s in favor of touchback amnesty.

(Politico) As Donald Trump soft-pedals his once-hard-line immigration rhetoric, supporters of his vanquished primary foe Ted Cruz have one message for Republican voters: We told you so.

Cruz spent the final months of his unsuccessful presidential primary run arguing that Trump was a not-so-closeted liberal whose conservative language on immigration was not to be trusted. Now, Trump says he is open to “softening” the approach to some undocumented immigrants already in this country, a departure from his previous calls for a deportation force.

Trump supporters demonized Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on illegal immigration, as did Trump. They still go after Cruz, Rubio, and Jeb. Guess who was correct?

Still much, much better than Hillary’s plan, though.

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