His Iowa speech stating this came on the heels of accusations claiming he backed down on this mainstay issue, an issue used to appeal to undecided general election voters and other low-information folks who actually think Hillary Clinton is honest and a true feminist.
Trump appeared on Fox News' "Hannity and the Donald" Tuesday night, while many TV viewers, tired of Trump's sycophant, watched "Border Security" or "Survivor's Remorse." Those who 'bit the bullet' heard Trump tell an Austin, Texas town hall filled with people shouting, "Lock her up . . . lock her up . . . " that he was open to "softening" current immigration laws.
"There could certainly be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," [as long as they don't make trouble at his rallies] Trump told the audience. "We want to follow the laws, you know, we have very strong laws in this country. And you know Bush, and even Obama, sends people back. Now we can be more aggressive on that but we want to follow the laws," he said, referring to himself in the plural as most politicians often do.
But by Saturday, enough time went by for Trump to have second thoughts. He said the media had "missed the whole point on immigration . . . They take phrases and statements, chop them up, take them out of context and discuss them for days."
What he didn't mention was that the press doesn't do that with Hillary because they're in the bag for her. He missed another opportunity to appeal to undecided voters. He needs to sharpen his sword, I believe.
Trump said that he was coming up with an "exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas, that they're quickly removed." Fox News pointed out that this proposal echoed the language of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is now advising him.
However, Fox's Hannity pointed out that Donald Trump is "the most intelligent individual that [I] had the privilege of working
Trump also said "My priority is the well-being of 300 million American citizens, including millions of Hispanic citizens and legal residents who want a secure border, and I mean secure." At this point he reinforced his promise to build a wall across the southern border and have Mexico pay for it.
During the primary race, Trump created a lot of havoc when he vowed to use a "deportation force" to round up and deport millions of illegal immigrants. But on "Hannity and the Donald" this week, Trump said that he would now be willing to "work with" illegal immigrants (but not literally "work with them" at their low-paying jobs).
"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," Trump said in that repetitious way he has to make certain everyone has heard him say the same thing two to three times per sentence.
This is how he reassures us that he's telling the truth.
Trump's campaign has cancelled scheduled speeches that were set to detail his immigration policy. He says that he will deliver a speech on that subject with the next two weeks if he feels like it.
Trump missed a great opportunity of reaching out to independent and undecided voters during the Olympic Games. Perhaps he's still angry at NBC, but he should have placed several ads a day during the games since all political persuasions watch the Olympics. He already has his core wrapped up, now he needs to go for the rest--but he isn't doing that very well.
Hillary Clinton certainly didn't let the opportunity go by. She advertised at least twice a day during the games.
I'm definitely voting for Trump, not because he's the best person for the job, but because he's running against the most dishonest, vile and incompetent person in politics.