The President elect of the United States; Donald J. Trump, has vowed to keep his campaign promise and has declared that he will deport between 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
He made the statement in a pre-taped interview with CBS News on 60 minutes that aired on Sunday night. The statement was given in an answer to a question by the interviewer regarding his pledge to deport ‘millions and 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, we have a lot of these people – probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million – we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in response to the question.
This assertion by the former reality TV star now next in line for the Oval office held up differently to his position on Obamacare. Having pledged to his supporters that he will do all in is power to repeal Obamacare the President elect displayed a departure from his position after having met President Obama in the White house earlier stating that he may keep provisions of the act instead of a complete repeal.
This move was a deviation from the Republican Party’s stance on the healthcare legislation. The party, which controls both the upper and lower houses of the United States Congress, seek a complete repeal of the act.
In the CBS interview, the President elect stated that he will move ahead with his plans to build a wall on the Mexican border while accepting the use of a fence in some areas. The wall was another campaign promise the soon to be Commander in chief had vowed to uphold.
However, in the matter of illegal immigration once again the President elect has shown a contradiction from his party’s agenda. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, a sensible counterweight to the President elect, seemed to contradict Trump’s deportation agenda while pushing forward the need for stronger border security.
In an interview with CNN, the Republican Party strong man touted that there are no plans to move forward with an ‘immigration force’ – another one of Trump’s campaign trail promises. Rather, he says, that the focus would be on securing the border.