"I will tell you, we are dealing with people," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "We have to be very firm. We have to be very, very strong when people come in illegally. We have a lot of people that want to come in through the legal process and it's fair for them. We're working with a lot of people in the Hispanic community to try and come up with an answer."
When asked if he had reversed his stance, Trump said, "No, I'm not flip-flopping. We want to come up with a really fair but firm answer. That's — it has to be very firm. But we want to come up with something fair."
His comments come amid reports over the weekend that during a roundtable meeting with Hispanic leaders, he expressed an openness to changing his hard-line stance on immigration.
The Republican nominee has made a name for himself in pushing for enhanced border security, declaring — as he has done since he entered the race — that he will build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. to keep out all undocumented immigrants. He famously once advocated for a "deportation force" to remove the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.