Trump Again Muddies His Stance On Deporting Undocumented Immigrants

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September 6, 2016 7:35 a.m.

Donald Trump still won’t offer many specifics on his plan for addressing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The Republican nominee delivered a speech last week where he said that if undocumented immigrants want to gain legal status in the U.S., they must leave the country and then return. But in two interviews on Monday, Trump seemed unsure about his plan for undocumented immigrants who have not committed additional crimes upon arriving in the U.S.

“We’re going to make that decision into the future,” Trump told reporters when discussing the possibility for a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And when asked about Republicans who support a path to legalization without forcing immigrants to first leave the country, Trump replied, “Good question. I’m glad you asked it. … That decision will be made,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Trump also addressed a path to legalization in an interview with ABC News’ David Muir.

“It could be but what’s going to happen is if you’re going to be a citizen, you’re going to leave and you’re going to have to come back,” Trump replied when asked if some undocumented immigrants could stay in the U.S.

Muir also asked how Trump plans to address undocumented immigrants who do not wish to gain legal status.

“They have to make a determination what happens when the border is secure,” Trump replied.

“So you’re open to them staying here undocumented?” Muir then asked.

“I’m going to make a decision, or somebody will. Whether it’s me or somebody else because by that time we’ll have a secure border, we’ll have a wall,” Trump responded.

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