Trump in 2012 didn't want many undocumented workers deported

Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration has become a cornerstone for his presidential campaign.

This is what he said in 2016.

"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists ... and we have some bad hombres here and we're gonna get them out."

But Trump's hardline approach towards immigration hasn't always been the case.

In a 2012 interview with CNBC, and uncovered by CNN - Trump takes a much softer approach to the issue of undocumented workers.

"You have people in this country for 20 years, they've done a great job, they've done wonderfully, they've gone to school, they've gotten good marks, they're productive — now we're supposed to send them out of the country, I don't believe in that, Michelle, and you understand that. I don't believe in a lot things that are being said," he said.

The shockingly tolerant stance comes 4 years before Trump's now infamous statements of deporting millions of undocumented workers and building a wall along the southern border.

A Trump campaign spokesman has yet to comment.

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