President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records from the country immediately – and has insisted that he will build his wall.
In his first extensive interview since he won the White House, Trump is reassuring his supporters that he will deport or incarcerate up to three million ‘gang members’ and ‘drug dealers.’
In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that airs on Sunday evening – his first since winning the election – Trump insisted that he will build the wall along the US-Mexico border that was a vital part of his presidential campaign.
‘What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,’ Trump said.
‘But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.’
According to an report by immigration enforcement, fewer than 200,000 undocumented immigrants were deported in 2014 who were convicted of committing crimes.
Trump didn’t specify what he would seek to do with the remaining estimated 9 to 10 million undocumented immigrants.
In an appearance on CNN on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan had tried to put people’s minds ‘at ease’ about a deportation force and some of Trump’s other statements about immigration.
However, Ryan appears not to have registered that he is no longer the highest-ranking Republican and his statements directly contradict what Trump says in his interview.
‘I think we should put people’s minds at ease that is not what our focus is,’ Ryan said.
‘Our focus is securing the border. We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump is not planning on that,’ he said.
However, in order to deport the number of immigrants Trump is speaking of, some kind of deportation agency will certainly be necessary.