Trump vows to be­gin de­por­ta­tions im­me­di­ately if sworn in

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WASH­ING­TON — Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump linked il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and em­ploy­ment on Satur­day, pledg­ing to start de­port­ing of­fend­ers as soon as he is sworn in should he be­come the White House’s next oc­cu­pant.

Trump all the while courted the black vote, claim­ing that the shoot­ing of bas­ket­ball star Dwayne Wade’s cousin will make African Amer­i­cans sup­port him, but the move in­stead trig­gered a firestorm of crit­i­cism.

“On Day One, I am go­ing to be­gin swiftly re­mov­ing crim­i­nal il­le­gal im­mi­grants from this coun­try — in­clud­ing re­mov­ing the hun­dreds of thou­sands of crim­i­nal il­le­gal im­mi­grants that have been re­leased into US com­mu­ni­ties un­der the Obama-Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa.

Trump’s Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton served as sec­re­tary of state dur­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s first term in of­fice. The next pres­i­dent will be sworn in on Jan­uary 20.

“I am go­ing to build a great bor­der wall, in­sti­tute na­tion­wide e-ver­ify, stop il­le­gal im­mi­grants from ac­cess­ing wel­fare and en­ti­tle­ments and de­velop an ex­i­ten­try track­ing sys­tem to en­sure those who over­stay their visas are quickly re­moved,” Trump warned.

The bil­lion­aire real es­tate mag­nate and for­mer re­al­ity TV host — in a white base­ball cap — said that “If we don’t en­force visa ex­pi­ra­tion dates, then we have an open bor­der. It’s as sim­ple as that.”

“A vote for Trump is a vote to have a na­tion of laws, a vote for Clin­ton is a vote for open bor­ders,” he stressed.

De­tails of Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies re­main scant. He ral­lied much of his pri­mary sup­port with a con­tro­ver­sial hard­line tone against il­le­gal im­mi­grants and his plan to build a wall on the Mex­i­can bor­der. Some of his ad­vi­sors are now re­port­edly urg­ing him to tone down his sig­na­ture pol­icy pri­or­ity.

Trump also made ap­peals to black vot­ers, promis­ing to help African Amer­i­cans find jobs.

“Ev­ery time an African Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, or any cit­i­zen, loses their job to an il­le­gal im­mi­grant, the rights of that Amer­i­can cit­i­zen have been to­tally vi­o­lated,” he ar­gued.

Hours be­fore, Trump had tweeted: “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walk­ing her baby in Chicago,” ini­tially mis­spelling the bas­ket­ball player’s first name be­fore cor­rect­ing it later. “Just what I have been say­ing. African-Amer­i­cans will VOTE TRUMP!”

He was re­fer­ring to the shoot­ing death on Fri­day of Nykea Aldridge dur­ing an ex­change of gun­fire be­tween two men as she pushed a baby stroller in Chicago.

Trump’s com­ments un­leashed a tor­rent of crit­i­cism spear­headed by ac­tor Don Chea­dle, who has starred in such films as “Ho­tel Rwanda” (2004), de­nounc­ing the bom­bas­tic bil­lion­aire for try­ing to score po­lit­i­cal points on the back of a mur­der.

“He doesn’t give a fkk. More red meat to his alt-right troglodytes,” Chea­dle wrote on Twit­ter, re­fer­ring to an ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive move­ment largely seen as white su­prem­a­cist and anti-Semitic.

“You don’t get to cherry pick. All the ar­chi­tects on left and right have failed that city. But Drumpf ain’t the ansr.”

Chea­dle lam­basted the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion for be­ing “like a Shake­spearean farce ex­cept it could end in a mush­room cloud.” — AFP

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