Donald Trump is drawing back from the hardline position on immigration that brought him lots of primary voters. He now says that he is open to “softening” immigration laws, expressing sympathy for immigrants who have been here for over a decade. His earlier statement that he would deport all illegal immigrants seems to be off the table.
His “exact” immigration policy will be released possibly next week, but what has come out so far makes him sound like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz, all of whom he pilloried on this issue. See this response from the Cruz camp.
Do you think this is a sign of Trump’s growing realism, compassion, and “becoming presidential,” or is it a betrayal of his earlier voters? Is this a welcome moderation from his earlier extremism, or does it show that Trump is just another politician after all? Would a shift on immigration make you more or less willing to vote for him? [Read more…]