During the first presidential forum of the general election season, an event marketed as the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” on NBC/MSNBC Wednesday night, a former Army captain asked Donald Trump, the “law and order candidate,” whether foreigners who enter the United States illegally should be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military.
“Mr. Trump, do you believe that an undocumented person who wants to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces deserves to stay in this country legally?” Sue Fulton, the member of the first West Point class to include women asked.
“I think that when you serve in the armed forces that’s a very special situation and I could see myself working that out — absolutely,” Trump answered without skipping a beat. “The military is a very special thing. If they plan on serving — if they get it — I would absolutely hold those people…now we have to be very careful, we have to vet very carefully — everybody would agree with that. But the answer is it would be a very special circumstance,” Trump explained.
On Monday, Trump told ABC News that it “could be” that some illegal aliens could be allowed in the country after campaigning over a year that a “deportation force” would deport all those in the country illegally.
Apparently, his pronouncement about allowing illegals to not just stay in the country, but also serve in our military, is part of his — in his words — “softening” on his former hardline stance on illegal immigration.