Donald Trump has stated that he is willing to change his intense stance on immigration in a move that will prove extremely successful for his campaign.
According to NBC News, Trump announced on August 24 that he would like to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in America. This shift comes as a shocking piece of news given Trump’s previous statements regarding immigration in the country.
In a June 2015 speech, in which he announced his definitive decision to run for president, Trump commented on immigrants from Mexico.
“They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us," he said, according to The Washington Post. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
According to The Hill, NBC cut its business ties with the Republican presidential candidate after hearing his derogatory comments toward Mexican immigrants. The network also decided to end sponsorship of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, to which Trump replied, “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.”
Trump’s desire to deport millions of immigrants from the United States was central to his campaign strategy for so long. Now, Trump is willing to alter his policies.
According to CNN, the GOP hopeful told Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “No citizenship. 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.”
Trump needs to make changes in his campaign strategy. After falling significantly behind Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the polls, Trump knows that he has to do something differently during the months leading up to November.
Some Trump supporters may not receive this news well. According to NBC News, Trump supporter Ann Coulter wrote in her newest book, “There's nothing Trump can do that won't be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.”
The recent change may cause supporters like Coulter to change their “E Pluribus Awesome” mentality toward Trump.
Overall, however, the shift is a wise decision.
CNN reports that Clinton responded to his decision, saying, "Somebody has told him -- I guess the latest people he's consulting -- how damaging his statements have been, how terrible his deportation plan is, how offensive his views on immigrants have been from the very first day of his campaign."
Trump’s shift will attract voter support from Republicans favoring more liberal immigration policies, a sector of voters who have hesitated to support the 2016 GOP candidate.