Donald Trump’s latest comments about immigration reform are a drastic departure from his previous comments, according to the Texas Tribune—yeah, like that time he insinuated that all undocumented Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals.
Trump, whose campaign has been marked as being infamously inconsistent, took a different line than usual in speaking with Sean Hannity of Fox News at a town hall meeting in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.
Hannity asked, “Is there any part of the law that you might be able to change that would accommodate those people that contribute to society, have been law-abiding, have kids here?”
“There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said. “We want people—we have some great people in this country.”
These new opinions are pretty confusing, given that he's previously said he would deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. His hardline stance on immigration has been a central part of his campaign since the beginning.
“We are going to follow the laws,” Trump said on Tuesday. “We’re going to see where people are, we’re going to see how they’ve done.”
For once, Trump seemed to be sympathetic toward the many people who've been waiting years to become citizens, according to the Texas Tribune.
“You have years and years of people waiting on line.” Trump said. “They’ve gone through a process.”
However, Trump partially walked back on these comments on Thursday, CNN reports. He maintained that he will not allow undocumented immigrants to have a path to citizenship.