In a 60 minutes interview, America’s new president-elect, Donald Trump, said that he has plans to deport or jail 2 to 3 million immigrants. He has showed no hesitation over mass deportation and carrying out hardline immigration policy proposals.
In the first TV interview since the election we hear Trump say, that he will work on deporting undocumented immigrants “immediately” upon him taking office.
“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 the country or we are going to incarcerate.”
“But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”
He explained that once the border is “secure”, then the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will assess the status of the remaining undocumented immigrants in the country.
According to government data, during Obama’s eight year presidency, 2.5 million illegal immigrants were deported. It’s still uncertain how Trump’s policy would differ from the current law (under Obama administration) which prioritises removal of immigrants convicted of criminal offences.
There’s still only minor details about ‘The Wall’ Trump intends to build between Mexico but he revealed that it may include fencing.
“There could be some fencing,” he said. “For certain areas I would [accept a fence], but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”
Trump is set to take over the White House on 20th of January which will see Obama step down after two terms in office.