Trump tar­gets up to 3 mil­lion mi­grants in US

Says he would forgo pres­i­dent’s $400,000 salary, tak­ing $1 a year

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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.

/REUTERS

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

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