The Republican presidential nominee has made his hard line on undocumented aliens a central part of his campaign. In the past, he's vowed to forcibly deport an estimated 11 million people who may have entered the United States illegally.
He's also been pretty clear about the whole "build a wall" thing.
But at a town hall event hosted by his Fox News ally Sean Hannity last night, Trump outlined a new strategy: deport the "bad" immigrants, but find a way to allow others to stay in the United States.
Watch the clip of him polling the crowd on "Hannity."
Still deporting the 'bad ones'
Trump didn't call it amnesty, but a lot of his fans are more than a little concerned that he's beginning to sound a lot more like some of the GOP primary opponents Trump bashed for being "soft" on illegal immigration.
Mainly, Trump says he wants to "follow the law" to deport "the bad ones" -- what exactly that means and what will happen to the "good ones" is unclear at the moment.
Trump says he's "Softening" on promise 2 Round up &Deport 11Mill "Illegal Immigrants".— Cher (@cher) August 24, 2016
He Says He's Decided 2Follow Pres Obama's Plan.
The famous pop singer was wondering why.
Trump to Hannity on what to do w/illegal immigrants who aren't "bad ones": "they have to pay taxes. no amnesty, as such, but we work w/them"— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 25, 2016
John Hardwood on Trump's "Hannity" performance.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.
Rubio is weak on illegal immigration, with the worst voting record in the U.S. Senate in many years. He will never MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2016
Here's a sampling of the times Trump criticized opponents' immigration stances.
There's a lot of them, but many of their plans resemble Trump's.
Ohio is losing jobs to Mexico, now losing Ford (and many others). Kasich is weak on illegal immigration. We need strong borders now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2016
He didn't just pin it on Marco Rubio.
Ted Cruz only talks tough on immigration now because he did so badly in S.C. He is in favor of amnesty and weak on illegal immigration.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2016
Even when opponents got closer to his view, he said it was all a voting ploy.
Obama & Clinton should stop meeting with special interests, & start meeting with the victims of illegal immigration.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2016
Some have pointed out his plan looks a lot like the Obama administration's strategy now.
It's not "amnesty." It's "comprehensive immigration reform"!!!! Trump: "they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty."— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
Trump has taken some heat for this from his strongest supporters.
Well, if it's "hard," then nevermind. Trump: "... to take a person who's been here for 15 or 20 years ....It's a very, very hard thing."— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
For reference, Ann Coulter released a book earlier this week called "In Trump We Trust."