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Trump Spoke Against Mass Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants Four Years Ago

picmonkey-collage-trump1Even though his hardline immigration stance is a major foundation of his campaign, it would seem that Donald Trump hasn’t held that political view for very long.

Andrew Kaczynski‘s K-FILE for CNN dug up a 2012 interview that Trump gave on CNBC’s Squawk Box, where the mogul spoke against the notion of deporting every illegal immigrant inside the country. Instead, Trump was of the opinion that immigrants who have “done a great job” should be allowed to stay, offering these thoughts about immigrant laborers:

“I think I’m probably down the middle on that also, because I also understand how, as an example, you have people in this country for 20 years, they’ve done a great job, they’ve done wonderfully, they’ve gone to school, they’ve gotten good marks, they’re productive — now we’re supposed to send them out of the country, I don’t believe in that…”

While Trump appeared to soften or flip-flop at times on his exact positions, he has used his presidential campaign to propose a mass deportation force and shut down any process that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain amnesty. Trump still touts his wall on the Southern border, though he recently diverted from his usual narrative by saying that America would pay for its construction, while the Mexican government would provide a reimbursement.

Watch above, via CNN’s K-File.

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