NEW YORK (UPI) — President-elect Donald Trump revealed on 60 Minutes Sunday night that he plans to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican border, but portions of it will likely be fencing.
On the same day the interview will air, House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN there are no plans to create a national “deportation force.”
In his first post-election interview, Trump told 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl he is pledged to deport or incarcerate millions of illegal immigrants. The interview aired at 7 p.m.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminals 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 told Stahl. “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally,” CBS reported.
“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– Lesley, it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”
Ryan said that securing the borders is the priority, not rounding up and deporting. He said Sunday that lawmakers have no plans to form a deportation force to round up undocumented immigrants, CNN reported.
“We are not planning on erecting a deportation force,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union. “Donald Trump’s not planning on that,” he said. “I think we should put people’s minds at ease: That is not what our focus is. That is not what we’re focused on.
“We’re focused on securing the border,” Ryan said..”We think that’s first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we’ve got to know who’s coming and going into the country — we’ve got to secure the border.”
As for that wall Trump talked about throughout his campaign for the presidency, he told Stahl that portion of it may actually be fencing.
When she mentioned to him that the Republican Congress is talking about a fence, he responded, “For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”
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