The White House ridiculed Republican nominee Donald Trump Tuesday for seeming to change his stance on deportations.
Asked how President Obama’s deportation policy differs from Mr. Trump’s current proposal to deport those with criminal records immediately, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it was difficult to make that judgment.
“I guess it depends on which day you ask,” Mr. Earnest said.
Mr. Trump, who is expected to give a speech touching on immigration Wednesday in Arizona, is taking criticism from some quarters for softening his position on deportation since the Republican primaries.
The White House rejected the criticism that Mr. Obama has been too harsh in deporting illegal immigrants.
“We’ve made clear … exactly what our enforcement priorities are going to be,” Mr. Earnest said. “Those priorities are: individuals that have a criminal record, individuals who pose a threat to national security or individuals who have only recently crossed the border. The administration has been quite serious about making sure that we enforce the law, and that’s exactly what this administration has done.”