Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed Monday he was not changing course on his hardline stance against illegal immigration after questions arose over the weekend about a possible change of policy.
"I'm not flip flopping. We want to come up with a really fair, but firm answer. It has to be very firm. But we want something fair," he told Fox News.
Trump met Saturday with a group of Hispanic leaders in New York and broadcaster Univision reported after the meeting that Trump would present a plan this week to legalize millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
Such a move would mark a major shift from vows to deport 11 million with a deportation force and to build a wall along the US border with Mexico to keep out those unauthorized to enter the country.
However Trump told Fox that immigration policy had to be "very firm" toward those who enter the country without the proper authorization.
"We have to be very, very strong when people come in illegally," he said. "We have a lot of people that want to come in through the legal process and it's not fair for them."
Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign said in a statement Sunday that they believe Trump continues to advocate his previous anti-immigration policies.
"We believe the (Republican National Committee) official in the room, the campaign's statement after the meeting and the candidate himself that Donald Trump's immigration plan remains the same as it's always been: tear apart families and deport 16 million people from the United States," campaign chairman John Podesta said.