Despite speculations he may be more compromising following his victory, 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 will build his wall.
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.
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 millions ‘gang members’ and ‘drug dealers.’
‘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,’ But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.’Trump said
But when asked if he does plan to build the wall, Trump told 60 Minutes: ‘Yes.’
However, Trump stipulated that the wall – instead of being ‘big and beautiful’ like he repeatedly vowed – could end up being part-wall and ‘some fencing.’
‘For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,’ he said.
‘I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.’
The billionaire businessman said that once the border is secured, immigration officials will ‘make a determination’ about remaining undocumented immigrants in the country.
‘After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, 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 at that,’ he said.
‘But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.’