Following his election on Tuesday, November 8, President-elect Donald Trump told CBS’ “60 minutes” that he plans to deport approximately three million undocumented illegal immigrants in the United States (U.S.).
“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,” Trump stated.
In contrast to his campaign promise, he pledged to initially focus on deporting those who have committed crimes within the U.S. instead of deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants altogether.
He furthered that the immigration officials will conduct a “determination” process about the remaining immigrants in the U.S. after the border is “secure.”
On the other hand, the newly-elected President confirmed that his plan to build a Mexican border wall will push through. However, the Mexican Government responded that they are not willing to pay for it.
“We are in the business of eliminating barriers that’s why we would not consider paying for any wall that puts barriers between our integration and competitiveness,” said Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ruiz Massieu.
Moreover, Mexican Sen. Armando Rios Piter has drafted a law that would prohibit Mexico from paying for a border wall through public funds.
Piter added Mexico could retaliate by revising security agreements with the U.S.
“Sharing information, the way our visas are functioning right now, have a lot to do with the decisions that have been taken in terms of protecting the United States, no?” Piter furthered.
Denying he is giving any threat, Piter clarified, “No, the threat is what Trump is doing.”
Meanwhile, Trump considers accepting “fence” for certain areas in the Mexico border wall to conform with the congressional Republican’s proposal.