Trump vows to deport 3m undocumented immigrants

Washington—US President-elect Donald Trump will keep his vow to deport millions of undocumented migrants from the US. He said up to three million people could be removed after he takes 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 our country or we are going to incarcerate (them),” Trump said in an excerpt released ahead of broadcast by CBS’s 60 Minutes programme on Sunday night.
Such a promise was directly at odds with remarks made by House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday. Ryan told CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday said that mass deportation isn’t a focus of Republicans right now.
“I think we should put people’s minds at ease on mass deportation, because the top priority is really border security,” Ryan said.
Donald Trump on Sunday also said the barrier to be erected on the US border with Mexico may not consist entirely of brick and mortar, and that fencing could be used in some areas.
“There could be some fencing,” Trump told CBS in his first prime-time interview since being elected president last week.
“But (for) certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.” he added.
Trump had made security at the US-Mexico border a central plank of his presidential campaign, which resulted in last Tuesday’s election victory against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to make Mexico pay for the border wall, part of his plan to toughen immigration law and secure the border.— Agencies

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