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