Former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin warned current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not to soften his stance on undocumented immigrants (video below).
On August 25, Palin called in her warnings to the Fox News program "The O’Reilly Factor," which was guest hosted by Eric Bolling.
Bolling introduced the segment by saying that the Trump campaign was signaling that it may be softening on deportations, which did not sit well with the former half-term Alaska governor.
"Candidate Trump didn’t garner a lot of enthusiastic support by being soft on anything, but by having a steel spine and doing what he knows the majority of Americans want, and that is to put a stop to illegal immigration," Palin stated.
Palin also thanked God that Trump is still preaching about building a giant border wall "because if he were not, then there would be a huge erosion of support.”
Bolling asked Palin about deporting the estimated 11-12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and she said the U.S. had to stop giving undocumented immigrants "free health care, free college, free phone, free happy meals, free anything!"
She later added: "Softening on the position of illegal immigration isn’t going to win over any supporters."
Palin told the Wall Street Journal on August 25:
If Mr. Trump were to go down a path of wishy-washy positions taken on things that the core foundation of his support has so appreciated, and that is respecting our Constitution and respecting law and order in American, then, yeah, there would be a massive disappointment.
Parts of the message we heard in the last week are clearly not consistent with the stringent position and message that supporters have received all along.
Trump was asked about his possible softening on immigration policy by CNN's Anderson Cooper on August 25, and repeatedly said that the border wall was going up. He would also end sanctuary cities and planned to sign an order that says: "Get the bad ones out of this country, bring them back where they came from."
Cooper asked Trump about deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, the GOP nominee said: "You know it's a process. You can’t take 11 [million] at one time and just say, boom, you’re gone. We have to find where these people are. Most people don’t even know where they are. Nobody even knows if it’s 11. It could be 30, and it could be five. Nobody knows what the number is."
Cooper asked several times if there would be a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants who haven’t committed crimes, and Trump finally replied: "No, there’s not a path. There is no path to legalization, unless people leave the country. When they come back in, if they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization, unless they leave the country and come back."