After a week of different statements and positions on immigration, where does Donald Trump stand on the issue?
According to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, we’re going to find out “shortly.”
“Now he’s reflecting on it and his position is going to be known,” Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
While he wouldn’t specify a date, Priebus said, “You’re going to find out from Donald Trump very shortly. He’s going to be giving prepared remarks on this issue I think very soon.”
At one point in the last week, Trump said a “softening” of his stance on immigration was possible. At another point, he live-polled a town hall audience over what his policy should be. In another appearance, he focused on “swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants” on Day 1 of his presidency.
While Priebus made it clear that “I just don’t speak for Donald Trump,” he outlined some of what he thinks will be included in Trump’s position.
“His position is going to be tough, his position is going to be fair, but his position is going to be humane. He is going to build and complete the border wall that was set in place in 2006 by Congress — it’s going to be paid for,” said Priebus. “I believe that he is going to, when he talks about deportation, he’s going to go after people who are here and are criminals and shouldn’t be here.”
Pressed on who Trump would define as a “criminal,” Priebus said, “Those are the things that Donald Trump is going to answer.”
Priebus ducked a question over whether Trump would continue is call to end birthright citizenship, saying, “You’re going to have to ask him.”
And although he is personally “comfortable with the Supreme Court rulings” on birthright citizenship guaranteed in the 14th Amendment, Priebus noted that “a nominee doesn’t have to adopt every single position and platform of the Republican Party.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Sally Bronston