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Trump Criticized For More Humane Immigration Stance

| by Ray Brown
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Republican presidential nominee is softening his stance on immigration and anti-immigrant conservatives aren't happy.

Trump appeared on Fox News to clarify his stance on immigration, which has been subject to scrutiny in recent days as reports have indicated Trump no longer plans on creating a mass deportation force to round-up approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants and force them out of the country.

"When I look at the rooms and I have this all over, now everybody agrees we get the bad ones out," Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity, according to NBC News. "But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject...they've said, Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump."

However, Trump said he wouldn't go so far as granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants, something former President Ronald Reagan did in 1986, as reported by NPR.

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"No citizenship," Trump said. "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."

But Chris Pandolfo f the Conservative Review criticized Trump's Reagan-like approach and said it was too similar to an immigration proposal championed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and the “Gang of Eight” Senators, which included Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

“Now that Trump himself has proposed non-violent illegal aliens be allowed to remain in the United States after paying fines in the form of 'back taxes,' is Mr. Trump’s plan substantially different from Mr. Bush’s? Or the Gang of Eight bill's?” Pandolfo wrote.

Even conservative author Ann Coulter, a vocal Trump supporter, criticized her candidate's immigration comments.

“Only part he left out was the 'hoops' they'll have to jump through!” Coulter tweeted sarcastically.

Sources: Fox News via NBC News, Conservative Review, Ann Coulter/Twitter/ Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr