Speaking to Iowans gathered at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Donald Trump spoke about his plans on immigration and specifically undocumented immigrants.
Trump attempted to provide some details as to what he would do if elected president in light of a rocky week that has seen him try to soften his unrelenting and hard line position on immigration. While appearing at a town hall meeting hosted by Sean Hannity, Trump, for the first time, unveiled his plan to take a softer approach than the cornerstone of his primary campaign and the issue which played an important part in him capturing the Republican nomination.
In the 48 hours that followed, his diehard followers — the voters who believe strongly in not only the building of the border wall, but a deportation policy that assures the deportation of all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants — voiced strong opposition to any softening of Trump’s position. Most notably, Sarah Palin, an early Trump endorser, spoke out warning Trump:
“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 America, then yeah, there would be massive disappointment.”
On Saturday, under fire for giving mixed messages to all sides of the immigration issue, Trump said that he would seek to develop a tracking system to ensure that undocumented immigrants who overstay their visas are deported from the United States.
“I am going to build a great border wall, institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements, and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed,” Trump said.
“If we don’t enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border – it’s as simple as that.”