As prominent Republicans try to determine whether Donald Trump has changed his mind about mass deportations, Babs Buffington is confident that the GOP presidential nominee hasn’t shifted, but it’s not a big deal if he has, as long as he builds a wall along the southern border, the Washington Post reports. “He’s calmed it down, a little bit, but he’s still going,” said Buffington, 75, who attended a Trump’s campaign rally in Tampa yesterday. “He’s still going to build the wall.”
Trump has been signaling for days that he might be open to a “softening” of one of his most extreme immigration positions and no longer call for the deportation of an estimated 11 million immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally. He and his aides seemed to be testing the waters, setting off alarm bells among some conservatives who have rallied around his hard-line immigration stance. Judging from many rally-goers in Tampa and at an event Tuesday in Austin, many rank-and-file voters will give Trump broad latitude to alter the parameters of his immigration policies. “He always said that as he got closer to November he’d get into more details. Now we’re seeing that,” said Ahava Van Camp, who attended the Tampa rally. “It’s not a pivot. He’s on second base and getting closer to home.” Another attendee mentioned Trump’s appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News Channel Monday night, when Trump said that he would do “the same thing” that President Obama has done when it comes to illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes.