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Donald Trump Promises To Deport Three Million People


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President-elect Donald J. Trump promised 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl that he will deport between two and three million undocumented immigrants in his first 100 days in office. By contrast President Obama had three million people deported over a period of eight years. One of his biggest campaign promises, along with building a wall along the Mexican border and repealing Obamacare, was that he was going to deport all of the estimated eleven million immigrants that are here undocumented. He walked that back a little and said that he would initially only deport people with criminal records, which he estimates to be around two to three million. The rest will be reevaluated later. He told Stahl,

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records — gang members, drug dealers — we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million. We’re getting them out of our country or we’re going to incarcerate. But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.

“After the border is secured, and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about — who are terrific people, they’re terrific people. But we’re going to make a determination … but before we make that determination, Leslie, it’s very important, we’re going to secure our border.”

The truth is that we don’t know what Trump will actually do. He was thin on actual policy statements during the campaign. Also it is a very different thing to make promises on the campaign trail and quite another to actually enforce policy in a real world Washington setting. He can say he wants to deport three million people, but how exactly will he do that? Go door to door? And how does he know that such a high percentage of undocumented immigrants have criminal records? While undocumented immigrants are right to be nervous, it will be interesting to see how he actually implements this campaign promise.

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