In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, newly elected President Donald Trump has outlined his plans to immediately deport 2-3 million people once he gets to work in the White House.
Speaking on 60 minutes, Trump said:
“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 even be three million – we are getting them out of the country or we are going to incarcerate.
He went on to say that ‘we’re getting them out of the country, they’re here illegally’.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has played down these quotes, saying lawmakers aren’t planning a “deportation force”.
The claim that 3 million undocumented immigrants have criminal records seems to come from a 2013 report by the Department of Homeland Security. The report found that there were 1.9 “removable criminal aliens”.
Washington Post fact-checkers reported that this number also refers to a wider range of people including lawful permanent residents and those who have temporary visas.
The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank have said that the actual number of undocumented people with criminal convictions could be closer to 820,000 instead.
Mashable reported that the Obama administration actually deported more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders between 2009 and 2015, according to federal data.
“After the boarder 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 boarder.” (sic)
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