The Washington Post reports that in an interview to be broadcast during tonight’s edition of “60 Minutes,” President-elect Donald Trump told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl he planned to immediately deport two to three million illegals after his inauguration next January:
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. But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.
According to the Post, Stahl pressed Trump about his campaign pledge to deport “millions and millions of undocumented immigrants.” Trump told her that after securing the border, his administration would make a “determination” on the remaining undocumented immigrants in the country:
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. But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.
As we reported yesterday, cracking down on illegal immigration is one of the top three priorities for the Trump presidency.
Trump’s Contract With the American Voter — his plan for the first hundred days of his presidency — includes canceling every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
That would include Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the 2012 program that has protected from deportation 750,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally. As well as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), sometimes called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. DAPA would grant deferred action status to four million illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States since 2010 and have children who are either American citizens or lawful permanent residents, but it has been blocked by the courts.