Trump indicated in a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, which aired Wednesday night, that he would be in favor of a path to legalization for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
“No citizenship,” he said. But he added, “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.”
He continued: “Now, everybody agrees we get the bad ones out. But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.”
“Look, we have to follow the laws of our country,” Trump said, before conducting a call-and-response with the audience. “Now, can we be, and I’ll ask the audience. You have somebody who’s terrific who’s been here, right, long time — long court proceeding, long everything in other words to get them out. Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out?”
Citing a hypothetical example of an immigrant who came into the country illegally but has been in the country 20 years and has “done a great job, has a job and everything else,” Trump asked:
“Do we take him and the family … and send ’em out? Or when somebody really has shown — it’s called like the merit system, other than they did break the law in the first place, OK? And that’s a little unfair to people but we’re …