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Trump's gradual softening on deportation

Greg Ruben / Axios

November 2014: "Deportations are now at a record low. Obama manipulated the numbers to lie to the public that they were at a record high. Secure the border!"

December 2015: "Criminal deportations in the U.S. are the lowest number in many years. We are letting criminals knowingly stay in our country. MUST CHANGE!"

June 2016: "I have never liked the media term 'mass deportation' -- but we must enforce the laws of the land!"

Yesterday to Axios — on potentially deporting fewer than Obama: "I find that hard to believe, but I will say that the Obama administration deported many people. We will be doing that also, but they deported many people. A lot of people don't know that, but many people were deported under the existing laws."

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