Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to “softening” laws dealing with illegal immigrants in a “Hannity” town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
His remarks were the latest sign he is considering softening a position he has taken since the onset of his campaign.
Trump was asked by Hannity if he would change current parts of the law to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the U.S.
“There could certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump answered. “We want people — 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,” he told Hannity.
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Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump has reiterated that if he is elected in November, he would deport the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
During the town hall, the billionaire businessman polled the audience about what they would do about the immigration policy.
“So you have somebody who’s been in the country for 20 years, has done a great job, and everything else,” Trump said. “Do we take him and the family and her and him or whatever and send him out?”
His question was met by some cheers over suggestions that immigrants be allowed to stay, while others responded in roars when he suggested deporting them.
The Republican nominee then said he “would come out with a decision very soon” about deportations.
Trump had been scheduled to outline his immigration policies on Thursday in Colorado, but that speech has since been postponed, likely until next week.
His latest comments at the “Hannity” town hall come as he may be moving away from one of his signature proposals during the Republican primary. During an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump suggested he wanted a “fair, but firm” immigration policy.
During early days of the primaries, Trump vowed to use a “deportation force” to round up and deport millions of illegal immigrants.
The celebrity businessman, however, has stuck to his vow to build a wall to fortify the nation’s southern border with Mexico and to deport immigrants here illegally who have committed criminal and violent acts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.