Trump to move on im­mi­gra­tion

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES and CHINA DAILY

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said on CBS’ 60 Min­utes pro­gram on Sun­day evening that he will de­port mil­lions of “crim­i­nal” un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants im­me­di­ately after he as­sumes of­fice in Jan­uary.

“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 2 mil­lion, it could be even 3 mil­lion; we are get­ting them out of our coun­try or we are go­ing to in­car­cer­ate,” Trump told 60 Min­utes. “But we’re get­ting them out of our coun­try; they’re here il­le­gally.”

US House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Repub­li­can, said that a plan to forcibly re­move un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants from the coun­try is un­likely.

“We are not plan­ning on erect­ing a de­por­ta­tion force. Don­ald Trump is not plan­ning on that,” Ryan said Sun­day on CNN’s State of the Union.

Trump’s plan to rein in il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion could change, with him back­ing off his vow to build a solid wall along the bor­der with Mex­ico.

Trump was asked on 60 Min­utes if he would ac­cept a fence in some spots.

“For cer­tain ar­eas, I would, but cer­tain ar­eas, a wall is more ap­pro­pri­ate,” Trump said. “There could be some fenc­ing.”

China Daily USA posted a Xin­hua story about Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion com­ments on its Face­book page, which gen­er­ated a va­ri­ety of re­sponses.

“A wind­fall for rich high-paid im­mi­gra­tion lawyers. This will be no easy task and cost tril­lions,” wrote one com­men­ta­tor.

Trump and his ad­vis­ers al­ready have sig­naled he may hedge on some of his other ma­jor cam­paign prom­ises, in­clud­ing health­care and ap­point­ing a spe­cial prose­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate Hil­lary Clin­ton, his Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial cam­paign op­po­nent.

On Sun­day, Trump named Repub­li­can Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.

In bring­ing Priebus and Ban­non into the White House, Trump is mak­ing over­tures to both tra­di­tional Repub­li­can cir­cles and the party’s anti-es­tab­lish­ment wing, which helped fuel the busi­ness­man’s po­lit­i­cal rise.

Priebus has ties to GOP con­gres­sional lead­ers, par­tic­u­larly Ryan. Ban­non pre­vi­ously ran the Bre­it­bart.com web­site, which has been highly critical of Repub­li­can lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing Ryan.

Ban­non was given top billing in the press re­lease an­nounc­ing the ap­point­ments, a cu­ri­ous ar­range­ment given that White House chief of staff is typ­i­cally con­sid­ered the most pow­er­ful West Wing job.

To­gether with Vice Pres­i­den­t­elect Mike Pence, the tri­umvi­rate will lead Trump’s tran­si­tion and help guide his pres­i­dency. “I am thrilled to have my very suc­cess­ful team con­tinue with me in lead­ing our coun­try,” Trump said.

On trade, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said that he hopes Trump will drop his op­po­si­tion to the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship free-trade deal.

The 12-na­tion TPP, which doesn’t in­clude China, be­came a con­tentious is­sue dur­ing the US elec­tion cam­paign, with crit­ics say­ing it would cost Amer­i­can jobs.

MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS

US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump and RNC Chair­man Reince Priebus ad­dress sup­port­ers dur­ing his elec­tion night rally in Man­hat­tan on Nov 9.

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