What is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s current position on the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants he promised his followers all year? No one is sure.
Hispanic leaders who met with Trump on Saturday told BuzzFeed News that Trump indicated to them that he is looking for a “humane and efficient” solution for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S..
New campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN on Sunday morning that the candidate’s policy on mass deportations is still “to be determined.”
Many of Trump’s right-wing, anti-immigration supporters are howling with outrage over the possibility of any deviation from the plan to forcefully deport all undocumented immigrants. The promise has been a main selling point of the Trump campaign since its launch in June of 2015, when Trump said that Latino immigrants coming to the U.S. are “rapists,” criminals and “drug dealers.”
If Trump flips on deportations, I’m on board with the idea he’s a Democratic plant.
Seriously, this would be the end of the GOP.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) August 21, 2016
Trump no longer “telling it like it is!” Just another typical politician. https://t.co/wKKvTao5Rm
— (((Karen Grubaugh))) (@kleegrubaugh) August 21, 2016
Trump changes from TruCon to liberal squish when it comes to immigration, but we should definitely trust him on SCOTUS #lolnothingmatters
— Kyle Foley (@KFoleyFL) August 21, 2016
They said if I voted for Rubio we’d get a nominee who is squishy on immigration- and they were right! https://t.co/QbBDIm5lyf
— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) August 21, 2016
As media scramble to figure out Trump’s evolving position on immigration, remember he cares *only* about feeding his ego. Policy irrelevant.
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) August 21, 2016
From Day 1, Trump based campaign on beating Hispanics & immigrants like piñatas. I don’t buy his August conversion. https://t.co/dDJdFg8gmn
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 20, 2016
At conservative website Red State, commentator Kyle Foley said, “Trump’s base is built around this hardcore stance that the wall should be built and the illegal immigrants should be deported. They railed against ‘Gang of Eight’ Marco Rubio for his perceived weak stance, however they will most likely justify Trump’s flip-flop because let’s face it, nothing matters to them. It’s almost like Trump simply told them what they wanted to hear in order to win. Lord knows what he actually believes when it comes to immigration.”