AUSTIN, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be “softening” his stance on illegal immigration.
During a taped town hall hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the billionaire said “we’re not looking to hurt people” when asked if he would change any statute to accommodate law-abiding citizens or those with children.
“I had a great meeting with great people, great Hispanic leaders and there could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said. “We have some great people in this country. We have some great, great people in this country, but we’re going to follow the laws of this country and what people don’t realize — we have very, very strong laws.”
Trump was referring to his meeting Saturday he had with Hispanic leaders in New York. According to Univision, Trump was planning that would legalize some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
During his campaign, Trump has pledged to deport the 11 million people living in the country illegally and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In an interview with CBS News, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said a Trump administration would “enforce the laws” in a “humane way.”
“We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to enforce the laws that are on the books today,” Pence said. “And the mechanism for how we do that — he’s also been very clear that we’ll do it in a humane way.”
When asked about Trump’s previous comments about using a deportation force, the Indiana governor responded, “People who have run afoul of the law gotta leave immediately. The details and how we do that, we’ll work that out with the Congress.”
Trump said he would make a decision “very soon” about deportations.
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