Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would be willing to consider legalizing all undocumented immigrants in the United States if elected president.
The GOP presidential front-runner’s remarks came on the same day his top immigration adviser said that Trump has proposed a “soft” path to legalization for undocumented immigrants.
“I think we have to be flexible and flexible about immigration, but we also have to deal with people who are here illegally, because we have no path to legal status,” White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert told Fox News.
Bossert said Trump has “thought about it a lot” and that his position is “flexible and flexible.”
“I know that he has thought about this a lot, but it’s not something he’s done,” Bossert said.
“He is a pragmatic man, he is a very pragmatic person, he’s a person who wants to do the right thing.”
He added that the idea that Trump is considering legalizing all of the undocumented population is not what he believes.
“No, he hasn’t done that,” Bossard said.
The immigration adviser also said that the president is “very focused on getting this country safe” and he has the “greatest respect for law enforcement.”
“But I think he’s thinking about what’s best for our country, what’s right for our families, what is the best way to make sure that our border is secure, what we can do to help our veterans, what he can do as president to help his family,” Bossion said.
Bossion, who is the highest-ranking official to speak out against the GOP front-runners’ immigration positions, also dismissed claims by the presumptive Democratic nominee that Trump was a racist.
“There’s no racism,” Bosser said.
“There’s a lot of people that are worried about race and they don’t like Trump.
He’s the first person in a long time that has talked about race in a positive way.”
Trump has been the subject of criticism for his rhetoric and policies regarding immigration, particularly during the 2016 presidential election, during which he repeatedly advocated a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people living in the country illegally.
The presumptive Republican nominee has also been criticized for his decision to call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United State.