After a week of at times confusing statements on whether he might shift his plans on how best to deal with illegal immigration, Donald Trump announced Sunday evening that he will be making a major speech this week on what has been one of his signature issues of the 2016 campaign.
In several different interviews, Trump last week sent some conflicting signals to supporters about whether he was going to modify some of his immigration plans:
+ Trump at one point embraced and at other times repudiated Obama Administration efforts on immigration
+ Trump said on Tuesday he was “softening” his immigration approach; then by late in the week, Trump said he was “hardening” his plans to deal with those who are in the U.S. illegally
+ Trump at one point indicated he would let some law-abiding immigrants stay, but by later in the week was again arguing that all of those here illegally would have to leave.
The shifting sands for Trump on immigration have caused some grumbling within Republican ranks and among some of his supporters, who worried that Trump might be making a big move to the center on this politically explosive issue.
“Whoever gave Trump the legerdemain about “back taxes” and “no citizenship” needs to go back to the Rubio campaign,” tweeted conservative activist Ann Coulter, who has been a big Trump supporter.
But Trump’s campaign chief argued on Sunday that despite all the talk of the last week, Trump has not changed anything when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration.
“First, there’s still no amnesty,” said Kellyanne Conway.
“Secondly, he’s building that wall. That has been the centerpiece of his candidacy and his immigration vision from the beginning. And it has not changed one inch,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
So, we’ll see this week if Trump is going to make any changes, or if last week simply amounted to a series of trial balloons that unnerved some of his supporters.