A spokeswoman for Donald Trump said Saturday that the Republican presidential candidate had appeared to change his hardline views on immigration because he didn’t want to be like President Barack Obama.
Appearing on Fox News, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson was asked why Trump’s “clear” immigration policies had become “complicated” over the past week.
“Well it is not really complicated,” she replied. “Mr. Trump is simply trying to have a discussion about what needs to happen and what he wants to do. He has said many times in many rallies that he doesn’t want to be like Barack Obama and start signing executive orders, and he will have to work with Congress to get some of the more complex things done. But his overall message has not changed. There is no path to citizenship. There is no path to — those here illegally will have to leave.”
Trump has vowed to kick more than 10 million undocumented immigrants out of the country using a “deportation force” and to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. But Trump has suggested he is willing to “soften” his hardline views.
Pierson said Trump is merely using different words to describe his immigration plan. “He’s just not using those words anymore, and he does want to work with people, which is why he said that in order to get this process done,” she remarked.
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