(Politico: Louis Nelson) — Amid talk that he is softening his stance on illegal immigration, Republican presidential candidate 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 if 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.
“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.”