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Greg Sargent: “Here’s Why It’s Important To Hold Trump To His Actual Positions”

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Donald Trump may be unsure of his own immigration views depending on who he’s talking to, but at least on paper he couldn’t be any more clearer.

As Matt Hildreth wrote yesterday, Trump’s official immigration policy has not changed — mass deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families; banning Muslims from entering the United States; and a massive wall along the US/Mexico border that Mexico will pay for.

In fact, “Trump’s immigration position listed on his website has not changed since being posted on his website.

We’ve argued that Trump — facing dismal polling in battleground states — is desperately attempting to soften up his language in order to convince moderate white voters that he is not a racist (he is), while still trying to hold on to the hardline voters that propelled him to a primary victory in the first place.

Trump is trying to have it both ways, and as Greg Sargent writes in a tweetstorm below, it’s important that media and others hold him accountable for his official positions and a year of rhetoric.

Similarly, Vox’s Dara Lind expressed skepticism at widespread media reports that Trump’s immigration policy has actually shifted.