DONALD Trump says he will “immediately” deport up to three million illegal immigrants, The Sun reports. The President-elect told CBS’ 60 Minutes programme that he would kick out those who had criminal records and insisted he would build a wall on the US’ southern border.
The interview will air on television later today and will be his first at length since his surprise election victory on Tuesday. During the presidential campaign he promised voters to take a hard line on immigration and to build a wall, which the Mexicans would pay for, to keep Latino migrants out of the USA.
In his successful bid for the White House he called Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals”. Since winning the election Trump has met Barack Obama at the White House and revealed he is considering keeping some part of the President’s landmark healthcare programme.
During the campaign he had said he would get rid of it and use this CBS interview to reassure voters that he would stick to his promises. He said: “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.”
He added: “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.” The President-elect didn’t specify what he would do with the millions of other undocumented migrants with some groups estimating there could be around 10 million people in the USA without proper papers.
He continued: “After the border is secure and after everything gets normalised, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination [on] that.”
A report by immigration authorities said that fewer than 200,000 undocumented migrants who convicted of a crime were deported from the US in 2014. The Mexicans have been adamant that they will not pay for any kind of border wall and repeated their position after Trump’s election win this week.
Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the country’s foreign minister, said: “We are in the business of eliminating barriers. That’s why we would not consider paying for any wall that puts barriers between our integration and competitiveness.” However, Trump backtracked slightly on his much repeated promise to build a “big and beautiful” wall as he conceded some areas would need only “some fencing”.
He said that for certain areas “a wall is more appropriate” but “I’m very good at this, it’s called construction”. Earlier today Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the infamous businessman had to “grow up” and understand that immigrants were an important part of America’s workforce.
He also said that he would like to see the Republican take on his Mexican wife Laura Álvarez in an argument over his plans for a border wall.