But now, his vice presidential pick insists "nothing has changed."
There will be no path to legalization, no path to citizenship. People who want to gain legal status ... will have to leave this country.
Trump has dodged questions about the "deportation force" he called for last year, but still said he'd deport violent illegal immigrants. That is essentially what the Obama administration already does. Mike Pence tried to offer clarity Sunday in a CNN interview.
You couldn't have a more clear choice between Donald Trump and I, who will end illegal immigration in this country, and Hillary Clinton.
Pence said to expect Trump to "articulate a policy" on how he would treat illegal immigrants already in the U.S soon.
Trump has insisted his plans haven't changed, despite wanting to stick to "existing laws."
Trump has doubled down on talks of immigration and racial issues after Hillary Clinton said in a scathing speech that his campaign was built on "prejudice and paranoia."
Meanwhile, Trump has taken to calling Clinton a bigot "because she knows [her policies are] not going to work."