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Future president Trump explains his deportation plans to Leslie Stahl

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Future president Donald Trump explained in his interview with Leslie Stahl on the CBS Journalism News program, 60 Minutes, if it is his intent to still deport undocumented immigrants how and  he will he will do it when the time comes.

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”

— President-Elect Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s hard-line viewpoint on immigration was a central part of his presidential campaign message in 2015-2016, and while some candidates mellow on hardline promises, the President Elect does not seem to be doing so. He said in an interview that aired on Sunday, on CBS following the last football game of the day “I still plan to immediately deport approximately two to three million undocumented immigrants”.

“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 them,” Trump said in his interview.  “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

He continued by saying that after the border is “secure,” immigration officials will begin to make a “determination” about the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

The fact that he is only going to concentrate on criminals first has some Overton students breathing a sigh of relief, while others do not trust that he will not change his mind in a month.

“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.”

Since Trump’s election a week ago Tuesday night, the realities of actually building that wall have begun to set in for many students and their families. many students wonder about the implications a wall will mean for all immigrants, no matter what country he or she is from.

“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.””

— Donald Trump

The Mexican government has publicly reminded him that Mexico will not pay for the wall. And many believe they should not when their population only represents about 38-52 % of the immigrant population from South of the United States. Those numbers vary greatly depending on what student you read and who funds the study. And asked about the wall, Trump transition co-chair Newt Gingrich said the wall was “a great campaign device.”

Trump also told “60 Minutes” that the border wall, which was one of the centerpieces of his campaign platform, could be part wall and “some fencing,” in accordance with what congressional Republicans have proposed.

“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.”

 

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