Donald Trump amended his harsh immigration policy in real time during the GOP debate Thursday, telling Megyn Kelly he now believes it’s okay for immigrants to stay in the country—specifically, immigrants who attended an Ivy League university.
“I’m changing. I’m changing. We need highly-skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get ‘em,” Trump said. “One of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges—they’ll go to Harvard, they’ll go to Stanford, they’ll go to Wharton, as soon as they’re finished they get shoved out. They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately. They’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brainpower in this country.”
“So you are abandoning the position on your website?” Kelly asked.
“I’m changing it and I’m softening the position, because we have to have talented people in this country,” Trump said.
“Which will have some asking whether on your immigration policies, you are really just playing to people’s fantasies, which is a tactic you praised in The Art of the Deal,” Kelly pointed out.
“I’m not playing to anybody’s fantasies,” Trump said in reply—which isn’t exactly true.