PHOENIX — President-elect Donald Trump is planning on following through on his firm stance on immigration once he is inaugurated.
In an interview with CBS‘ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, Trump said he will move swiftly on deporting millions of undocumented immigrants.
“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 two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”
Outside of those criminal undocumented immigrants, Trump went on to describe how they will make a “determination” on others after the border is “secure.”
“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,” he said. “But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”
Trump’s 10-step immigration plan was unveiled during a speech in Phoenix on Aug. 31.
“Anyone here illegally is subject to deportation,” he said at the rally, but his Sunday plan specifically targets those who have committed crimes or are incarcerated.
Trump often mentioned his relationship with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement during debates with his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump has said ICE is going to be at the forefront of his deportation efforts.
“Within ICE, I am going to create a special deportation task force focused on identifying and removing illegal immigrants in America that have evaded justice,” Trump said in August.
House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper Sunday and denied Trump is planning a deportation force.
“We’re focused on securing the border. We believe a security enforcement bill is our top priority,” Ryan said. “We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump is not planning on that.”
Trump was asked if he still plans to build the wall on the country’s southern border that inspired chants at numerous campaign rallies and the President-elect confirmed it’s still in the works. This is, of course, despite the insistence of Trump that Mexico will pay for the wall and the Mexican government’s continuous refusal of the notion.
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