Trump targets up to 3 million migrants in US
Says he would forgo president’s $400,000 salary, taking $1 a year
BBC/ US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially.
An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the US, many of them from Mexico, and Mr Trump made immigration and border control a key part of his campaign.
Those targeted would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers, he told US broadcaster CBS in an interview. There were an estimated 178,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records in the US in 2010, according to a congressional report.
Trump also said his planned wall with Mexico could include fencing.
In his first wide-ranging interview as president-elect, he also said he would not seek to overturn the legalisation of same-sex marriage. He said he would forgo the president’s $400,000 salary, taking $1 a year instead. Trump said he was “very proud” of his campaign but wished it had been “softer, nicer”.
On Hillary Cinton, he said he will “think about” asking for a special pros- ecutor to investigate her email use.
The Republican defeated Democrat Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential vote in a shock victory after opinion polls favoured her. He is due to take over at the White House on 20 January, when Barack Obama steps down after two terms in office.
Meanwhile, the president-elect has chosen Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his future chief of staff, and Stephen Bannon, the head of his campaign and of the right-wing website Breitbart, as chief strategist.
A demonstrator wears a hat that reads ‘Immigrants Make America Great’ during a protest to the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday