With just over two months until the heated presidential election, immigration stalwart Donald Trump may be making a final push to court Latino voters.
Trump met with Hispanic groups over the weekend and talked about the meeting at a Fox News townhall in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night.
"[T]here certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people, we want people — we have some great people in this country," Trump said about his meeting with the Latino leaders. "So, but we're going to follow the laws of this country. And, you know, what people don't realize, what people don't realize, we have very, very strong laws."
Trump covered all of his bases, citing following the rule of law, but remaining vague enough that it was unclear whether he was talking about holding illegal aliens accountable for entering the country without legal permission or something else.
The GOP nominee did say America "can be more aggressive on" deportation.
"[W]e want to follow the laws. If you start going around trying to make new laws in this country it's a process that's brutal. We want to follow the laws of the country, and if we follow the laws we can do what we have to do," said Trump.
Earlier Tuesday night, Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended her boss. Conway told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Trump's position has not changed. In sharing the candidate's principles on immigration policy, she left out his previous innumerable calls to deport illegal aliens. She indicated his position has remained the same, but left out one key component.
"He has said he hasn't changed. I have said he hasn't changed because he wants to do a couple things. Enforce the law, which would take care of a lot of these issues. And then, also, get rid of the criminals and find humane and effective way to address the issue that 11 million plus live among us," Conway said. "Be fair to the American worker and fair to all of us who are looking for jobs."
On Tuesday, when moderator Sean Hannity asked Trump if he would essentially grant amnesty or legal forgiveness to those who have "worked hard, who have been here a long time," Trump admitted he plans to "see where people are, we're going to see how they've done."
The GOP nominee cited a "merit system" to allow "really great people" the means to stay in the country while criminals and gang members are sent back to their home countries.