During an interview with 60 Minutes Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump promised to start imprisoning and deporting criminal illegal immigrants on day one of his administration.
Trump told Leslie Stahl, “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. But we’re getting them out of our country if they’re here illegally.”
A president who is finally going to do something about violent illegal aliens? What a novel concept.
When asked what he would do about the millions of other illegal immigrants who had not committed any crimes beyond breaking immigration law, he was more reflective.
“After the border 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 going to make a determination at that,” Trump said. “But before we make that determination,” he added, “it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”
At one point during his campaign, the future president promised to create a deportation force to remove every undocumented worker in America, although he said those same people would be permitted to apply to return to the United States legally.
Earlier on Sunday, New York City Mayor de Blasio announced that he would refuse to share any information about undocumented workers with federal authorities. He even promised to protect those illegal immigrants having violent criminal records.
Mayors of other liberal sanctuary cities across the country have also promised to not cooperate with federal authorities pursuing deportations.
Last spring, Trump promised to cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities. He has a legal right to do so. After all, by not reporting violent illegal aliens to the federal immigration authorities, these sanctuary cities are flagrantly breaking the law.
But that is a battle for later. For now, only those who are here illegally with violent criminal records will be immediately deported.
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