US president-elect Donald Trump said he planned
to immediately deport or jail as many as three
million undocumented immigrants,
as he set out
his priorities in the first television interview since
The interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” is to be
broadcast on Sunday with millions expected to
tune in for clues on how the billionaire
businessman-turned-politician will govern the
Since Tuesday’s election triumph, Trump had
appeared to tone down his rhetoric, notably
suggesting he might be willing to reconsider a
pledge to scrap President Barack Obama’s
signature health reform, the so-called Obamacare.
He made clear, though, in excerpts of Sunday’s
interview that he still intended to crack down on
undocumented immigrants in the country, focusing
on people with criminal records.
“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 said.
Trump’s stance on his deportation plans stood in
opposition with comments by House Speaker Paul
Ryan, who said on Sunday the focus under a
Trump administration would be on securing the
border, not rounding up immigrants.
Trump also said he would keep his promise to
build a wall along the US border with Mexico, but
said part of it could be a fence, as some members
of Congress have suggested.
“There could be some fencing,” he said in the
interview, but in other areas “a wall is more
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from
Washington DC, said that there was no question
about having a barrier on the border or not, but
the discussion is about what form it will take as
Trump had previously insisted it would largely be
a physical wall, not a fence.
“The issue of a strong border is important for
many Republicans, and indeed many Democrats.
But the differences are as to what form it takes.
There are already fences in large areas of the
border at present, which the Congress approved,”
“If Donald Trump wants to get his wall, he needs
the Republican-majority Congress to approve the
expenses for it. He alienated many there during his
Separately, 50,000 people in the US have signed a
petition, asking Trump to openly reject hate and
It was set up following more than 200 reports of
intimidation and harassment since election day.
Some of those cases have been highlighted on
Trump’s campaign was marked by derogatory
comments about race, religion, gender and
However, in his victory speech, he vowed to be a
President for “all Americans”.