Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Trump’s First ‘Victims’ Are Illegal Immigrants - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page

London, Washington – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said that he would fulfill his promise and deport up to three million undocumented immigrants upon taking office.

In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, Trump said: “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 two million, it could be even three million—we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate”.

Trump’s remarks come as U.S. President Barack Obama kicks off his last official tour to Europe to reassure his country’s traditional allies of a smooth transfer of power. Foreign ministers of the European Union convened in Brussels on Sunday to discuss a joint approach to deal with Trump’s election, in the absence of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on illegal immigration, vowing to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Asked in the 60 Minutes interview if he plans to actually build the wall, he said yes, adding that parts of the border might include fencing. “But for certain areas, a wall is appropriate. I’m very good at this. It’s called construction,” he said.

Trump has said he was proud of how he has used social media to create his own version of events and communicate it to his followers.

He suggested in the “60 Minutes” interview that he is reluctant to surrender that platform when he takes the oath of office in January.

“When you give me a bad story, or when you give me an inaccurate story; I have a method of fighting back,” he stated.