Trump: Criminals will be deported first
Donald Trump will begin tackling the issue of illegal immigration by rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, a group that he estimates at 2 million to 3 million people, the president-elect said in an interview to air Sunday night.
“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 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” he said in the interview, to air on “60 Minutes” on CBS.
“But we’re getting them out of our country; they’re here illegally.”
After those are taken care of, Trump said he will figure out what to do with the others. Securing the border, he said, is a prerequisite for any other action on immigration.
Trump kicked off his ultimately victorious campaign with a rally at Trump Tower in Manhattan, where he took a hard-line stance on immigration, labeling undocumented immigrants as rapists, drug dealers and criminals, adding that “some, I assume, are good people.” During the GOP primary, he pledged to deport every single undocumented immigrant currently in the country and said he would create a deportation force to accomplish that goal.
One unchanged part of his immigration platform has been his plan for the construction of a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico, something he said he would force the Mexican government to pay for by threatening to cut off the flow of money from immigrants to their families south of the border. Trump said Sunday that while an actual wall will be necessary along some portions of the border, a mere fence will suffice in others.
“I’m very good at this; it’s called construction,” he said.