Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, despite previous hints at a softening of immigration proposals, has called for the deportation of all undocumented people currently residing in the U.S.
On Sept. 6, Trump told Fox News that all undocumented immigrants would have to leave the country. Only after they leave can they come back and try for citizenship.
“To become a citizen, you’re going to have to go out and come back in. … This isn’t touchback,” Trump said.
The business mogul’s comments arrive after a weekend when his campaign staff and advisers gave conflicting accounts of just what his immigration strategy will be.
Former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City, an adviser to the GOP nominee, has stated that Trump would focus on deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records, according to USA TODAY.
Giuliani added that Trump would then assess what is to be done with the remaining undocumented immigrants without criminal records, explaining that Trump “would find it very, very difficult to throw out a family that has been here for 15 years and they have three children, two of whom are citizens.”
Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has stated that the GOP nominee would only be able to plan on what to do with all 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in the country “once you get rid of the criminals … We don’t know who will be left.”
On Sept. 5, Trump’s running mate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, was unwilling to answer whether or not Trump would deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, according to The Hill.
Instead, Pence said that Trump would focus his policies on the “more than 300 million people who are citizens of this country and are here legally in this country and driving policies in immigration that will work for them, work for the future of our nation.”
None of these comments have squared for Trump’s explicit call for all undocumented immigrants to leave the country before they can return and seek citizenship. During his Aug. 31 address on immigration, Trump announced: “You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has slammed the Trump campaign for its inconsistency on immigration. During an interview with ABC News, Clinton said, “It’s clear his advisers are scrambling to try to present a new and different Donald Trump, but the fact is, there is no new or different Donald Trump.”