Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will not allow undocumented immigrants to become American citizens.
"There will be no path to legalization, no path to citizenship unless people leave the country," Pence said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Trump has changed his tone on undocumented immigrants in recent weeks and has expressed sympathy for those who came to the country illegally but have built a life without committing any crimes. And in a town hall-style interview on Fox News, Trump said that many of his supporters have told him that they feel empathy for those types of immigrants.
“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,’” he said, before asking the crowd if they support allowing undocumented immigrants a chance to stay in the country. Most people in the crowd said they did.
But in that same interview, Trump laid out some requirements for undocumented immigrants who wish to stay in the U.S.
“No citizenship,” Trump said. “They’ll pay back taxes. They have to pay taxes,” he added. “There’s no amnesty, but we will work with them.”
Trump started his campaign by being tough on immigration and promised to deport an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. And with his seemingly softer approach to immigration, liberals have accused him of flip-flopping and anti-immigrant conservatives have accused him of potentially breaking a promise, according to The New York Times.
Nonetheless, Pence told NBC News that Trump has “been absolutely consistent" on immigration.