US President-elect, Donald Trump, is on the verge to retain one of his campaign vows to deport two to three million illegal, undocumented immigrants, despite describing them as “terrific people”.
The Republican said this while discussing his immigration stance in his first post-election interview on 60 Minutes, which was made available on Sunday, November 13.
|CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl interviews president-elect Donald Trump at his Manhattan home on November 11, 2016. Photo credit: Chris Albert for CBSNews/60MINUTES|
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records – gang members, drug dealers,” he told CBS’ 60 Minutes.
“We have a lot of these people, probably two million, could even be three million. We getting rid of these people, we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”
The billionaire real estate baron also stood by his hard-line plan to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border – adding that the barrier to be erected on the border may not consist entirely of brick and mortar, but that fencing could be used in some areas.
“For certain ares I would [include fencing], but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” he said in the clip. “I’m very good at this. It’s called construction.”
The president-elect continued, “After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about [undocumented immigrants] — who are terrific people, they’re terrific people — but we’re going to make a determination at that. But before we make that determination, Leslie, it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”