3mil im­mi­grants face de­por­ta­tion

> But pres­i­dent-elect tells protesters not to be afraid

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump has said he will de­port two to three mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants “im­me­di­ately” upon tak­ing of­fice – while urg­ing protesters an­gry at his elec­tion not to be afraid of his pres­i­dency.

In his first tele­vi­sion in­ter­view since win­ning the elec­tion, Trump in­sisted that he is go­ing to carry out his hard­line im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy pro­pos­als and will build a wall be­tween the US and Mex­ico.

He also moved to as­sure his core sup­port­ers that he will not let them down on gun rights, abor­tion or im­mi­gra­tion.

Trump told CBS’s 60 Min­utes that he would be de­port­ing two to three mil­lion “peo­ple that are crim­i­nals and have crim­i­nal records, gang mem­bers, drug deal­ers” or “in­car­cer­ate them”.

“But we’re get­ting them out of the coun­try, they’re here il­le­gally.”

He ex­plained that once the bor­der is “se­cure”, then the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment will as­sess the sta­tus of the re­main­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in the coun­try.

The Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire – whose shock elec­tion has spurred days of protests – also told demon­stra­tors they have no rea­son to fear his pres­i­dency.

“Don’t be afraid. We are go­ing to bring our coun­try back,” he said.

Trump said he was “sad­dened” by re­ports that in­ci­dents of ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion of mi­nori­ties had spiked since his elec­tion and called for it to end.

It re­mains un­clear how Trump plans to carry out his de­por­ta­tion pro­posal.

Un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants are en­ti­tled to full re­moval pro­ceed­ings in im­mi­gra­tion court and as the courts al­ready have a ma­jor back­log of hear­ing, there would be no im­me­di­ate re­movals.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he fails to ex­plain how his pol­icy would be dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent law in place un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, which pri­ori­tises re­moval of im­mi­grants con­victed of crim­i­nal of­fences.

Trump did of­fer mi­nor de­tails about the planned wall – namely, that a por­tion of it would not be a wall at all – de­scrib­ing an it­er­a­tion of the bound­ary be­tween the two na­tions that es­sen­tially al­ready ex­ists.

“There could be some fenc­ing. For cer­tain ar­eas I would (ac­cept a fence), but cer­tain ar­eas, a wall is more ap­pro­pri­ate. I’m very good at this, it’s called con­struc­tion,” he said. – The In­de­pen­dent

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