Sean Hannity, a conservative pundit and Fox News Channel personality, announced a sudden change of heart about immigration on his nationally syndicated talk-radio show "The Sean Hannity Show."
Hannity, who previously took a hard line against illegal immigration, said Thursday that his position on the matter has “evolved” and that he now supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
"We've got to get rid of the immigration issue altogether," Hannity said. "It's simple for me to fix it. I think you control the border first, you create a pathway for those that are here, you don't say you got a home. And that is a position that I've evolved on."
Hannity added: "The majority of people here -- if some people have criminal records, you can send them home -- but if people are here, law-abiding, participating, four years, their kids are born here ... first secure the border, pathway to citizenship ... then it's done. But you can't let the problem continue. It's got to stop."
Hannity’s remarks came hot on the heels of the U.S. presidential election, which featured Latino voters participating in historically high numbers. They overwhelmingly cast their ballots for the Democratic incumbent Barack Obama over the Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama reportedly received more Latino votes than any presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Listen to Hannity’s remarks about immigration reform below.
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