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Trump Says He’s Open to Legal Pathway for Undocumented Immigrants

March 1, 2017 2:06 AM
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Trump Says He’s Open to Legal Pathway for Undocumented Immigrants

The idea is a sharp break from the broad crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally that Mr. Trump ordered in his first weeks in office and the hard-line positions embraced by his core supporters that helped sweep him into the White House. The president hinted at the reversal just hours before he arrived on Capitol Hill to deliver his address to a joint session of Congress.

But in his address, he kept to the tough-on-immigration theme that marked his campaign.

Also read: Republicans Led by Donald Trump Challenge Family-Based Immigration

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March 1, 2017 2:11 AM

“The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides,” the president said at the White House, according to people in attendance who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the meeting.

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March 1, 2017 2:08 AM

He called on Congress to work with him on overhauling health care, changing the tax code and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and military.

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March 1, 2017 2:08 AM

The idea is a sharp break from the crackdown on immigrants in the United States illegally that Mr. Trump ordered in his first weeks in office and the hard-line positions embraced by his core supporters that helped sweep him into the White House.

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March 1, 2017 2:08 AM

Republicans interrupted dozens of times with standing ovations, although Democrats mostly sat stone-faced. Mr. Trump presented himself as eager to put aside some of the vitriol of his presidency.

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March 1, 2017 2:07 AM

But Mr. Trump made only a glancing reference to an immigration overhaul in his speech, calling for a new “merit-based” system that would admit only those able to support themselves financially. Over all he took a hard line on immigration, much as he had during the campaign.

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March 1, 2017 2:06 AM

But in contrast with the dark themes of his inaugural address, Mr. Trump’s speech to Congress was a more optimistic vision of America and what he called the promises ahead. The themes were largely Republican orthodoxy, delivered soberly and almost verbatim from a prepared text. Mr. Trump read from Teleprompters and appeared restrained and serious.