Trump Vows to Deport up to 3 Million Undocumented Migrants Immediately

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U.S. president-elect Donald Trump didn’t back down from his hardline stance on immigration Sunday in his first interview since winning the election, pledging to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately upon taking office.

“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 2 million — it could be even 3 million — we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate (them),” Trump told CBS’s 60 Minutes.

The comments keep pace with Trump’s racist and unfounded campaign rhetoric that accused Mexican immigrants of being “rapists” and criminals. On the campaign trail, he promised to deport all undocumented immigrants in the United States — a whopping 11 million people who pay US$11.6 billion or more per year in taxes, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Trump also continued to tout his campaign promise of erecting a massive wall along the border with Mexico, saying that “after the border is secure and after everything gets normalized,” authorities would “make a determination” on other undocumented immigrants living in the country.

When asked whether talk about a border fence aligned with his plans for the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump said that some sections of the border could be covered with a fence, while others would get the full wall he garnered harsh criticism for proposing during his campaign. He claimed a wall would be “more appropriate for certain areas," saying “I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”

The comments are directly at odds with what Republican speaker of the house Paul Ryan has said to tone down Trump’s incendiary comments, revealing lasting rifts between the Republican establishment and the upstart reality TV star-turned-politician.

“We’re not planning on erecting a deportation force,” Ryan told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “Donald Trump’s not planning on that.”

Ryan distanced himself from the Trump during the campaign, particularly when recordings broke revealing Trump had bragged about sexually assaulting women. But since the election Tuesday, Ryan has said he is “very excited” to work with Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.

As part of his anti-immigration rhetoric, Trump has also expressed plans to end birthright citizenship, meaning the children of undocumented immigrants would also be considered undocumented, even if they live their entire lives in the United State. He is also expected to attack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aimed at protecting from deportation thousands of people who arrived to the country as children. Trump has slammed Obama for being soft on immigration, despite the fact that his presidency say record levels of deportation and some 2.5 million people kicked out of the country.

While the details of Trump’s proposed immigration policy remain foggy, Latinos and other immigrants are already fearful — for good reason — of the possibility of impending deportation.

Via TeleSur


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13 Responses

  1. He also said that the undocumented aliens who were not criminals were “terrific” people and that he would decide what to do about them after securing the border. That’s actually a huge step back from the idea of rounding up and deporting everyone who is in the country illegally. I’m curious to know why you didn’t report that.

    • There aren’t 3 million undocumented immigrants who are criminals in other respects than immigration status. Maybe a few thousand. So the rhetorical ploy you mention is meaningless.

  2. The ignorance and prejudice of this person, and the probably even worse actions to come from his VP and other appointments, say a lot about the astounding lack of understanding in “the exceptional country” of the basic principles of democracy, international affairs, history, science (climate change, evolution, abortion/miscarriage), even religion. 220 million people and this and the Queen of Chaos were the only choices provided!

  3. Issue #1: How many visa-violators are among the 3 million? They are mainly from Asia and Europe.
    Issue #2: Deporting Mexican and Canadian citizens is technically the simplest. How will he deport other nationalities? Mexico and Canada can legally refuse Trump-forced entry of non-Mexicans and non-Canadians.
    Issue #3: Trump has suggested an alternative: jailing.
    Issue #4: What are the projected costs of deporting and/or jailing?
    Issue #5: how many law-enforcing personnel will be required to find, arrest, and deport 2 to 3 million persons?
    I mention these issues because I hold that the current bluster is only food for the early supporters. Once Trump is inaugurated and his advisers understand the idiocy of quickly rounding up and deporting 2 to 3 million persons who will include numerous US citizens Trump will tone down and begin to whine about practical and legal problems and non-cooperation of target states. The word “rigged” will undoubtedly be mentioned again.

    • The Washington Post reports that 2 million foreigners here illegally were deported under Obama. Also, Trump wants to keep 2 provisions of Obamacare: children covered by parents until 26 and no discrimination for pre-existing deseases. But Obama was forced to accept the individual mandate or the insurance companies would have walked out of the ACA negotiations. The idea was to keep healthy people in the beneficiary pool to offset costs associated with sicker demographics. Obama compromised his campaign position but the INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IS NOT WORKING and Aetna is already dropping out. Trump will have a rude awakening trying to reconcile all the different interests.

    • Or, Trump will take the next step, one that has already been prepared by right-wing oligarchs, one that would confirm in one sweeping act all the worst we fear:

      The costs of jailing will be covered by convict labor.

      Why not? We are already moving in this direction. Only recently the Dept. of Justice finally joined the movement against privatized prisons by ending the sending of Federal convicts there, but that will surely be preempted. The state governments, meanwhile, are going all-out for privatized prisons and convict labor. Combine the two, and even though slave labor is not profitable by itself, the addition of even a reduced taxpayer contribution to operating costs will make the business more lucrative than the military-industrial complex.

      You see, once private firms are able to own convict labor, they can divert a small sliver of their guaranteed profits to relentlessly propagandize voters to allow more and more of it, to rig the legal system to convict more and more people of more and more crimes… or whatever the majority (race) considers crimes by the minority (races). All-White juries to decide which convicts get sentenced to slave labor? Exactly how the Jim Crow South operated its chain gang labor system for generations.

      All those armed bigots patrolling for illegals will not mind that the illegals aren’t sent back. The armed bigots will be the new prison guards.

  4. How?

    As the Nazi showed (yes I know Godwin’s law), “rounding up the usual suspects” requires a massive “removal” machine that costs a lot of money.

    Just where is trumper going to get the money? Will the “fiscal conservatives” in congress be willing to spend BILLIONS on this little adventure? Note that congress could have funded a “beautiful wall” any time in the last two decades, BUT they have refused to even consider it.

    As for the work force needed to fill the ranks of the “new brown shirts,” there appear to be a fair number of racists so once the money starts to flow from congress, it should be no problem finding race warriors.

    Of course there might be a few problems like deporting actual Americans, the employers that will hide their low wage employees, and the usual “liberal elite” who will fight all the way, but the “brown shirts” should be able to do their job just fine.

    In the end, what I think will happen is lots of noise and photo ops, but nothing will actually be done except drive the undocumented further underground where employers can more easily exploit them. That is, the political elite will once again screw the folks in the flyover states.

    On the other hand, if conditions for the undocumented become dire enough (the economic benefit is not worth the danger), many undocumented just may decide to “self deport.” While this would make the USA racists happy, it will NOT create any jobs for the racists but it will drive some companies out of business and increase the cost of many goods.

    Every action has both intended and unintended consequences and often the intended consequences fail to happen and the unintended consequences are terrible. the USA as a whole, just may come to regret the actions of the racists.

    • I am surprised that you didn’t know Obama deported 2 million undocumented people during his administration. Going from 11 million to 2 million is capitulation by Trump.

  5. CoreCivic LLC (a private prison company) had their stock jump up over the past few days in response to the election. link to

    Investors apparently think that mass deportation will require more prisons…

    Deportations currently take months, if not a year or more in some cases. I imagine Trump will try to speed up the process.

    For the past several years, about 400,000 people have been deported each year.

    Given that we already have a deportation system in place, I suppose it would not be that difficult (expensive, yes), but not that difficult for Trump to supersize the operation.

    But boy, oh, boy, is he going to get a lot of pushback from upset people.

    • HM – “But boy, oh, boy, is he going to get a lot of pushback from upset people.” Like who actually tends the golf courses and picks much of our crops? Will Trump voters take over these jobs?

      Nope, they are way too stupid to do them.

  6. If Mango Mussolini actually does deport 3 million undocumented aliens, perhaps he can convince all those Trump-supporting out-of-work coal miners and factory workers whose jobs have been lost primarily due to automation to move to California so they can pick our fruits and vegetables in miserable conditions and earn incredibly low wages.

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