US election: Donald Trump vows crackdown on undocumented immigrants

US election: Donald Trump vows crackdown on undocumented immigrants, by AFP.

Donald Trump plans immediately to deport or jail as many as three million undocumented immigrants, the President elect said as he set out his priorities as America’s head of state in the first television interview since his election.

However he conceded his wall on the Mexican border may include some fencing. …

But he made clear in excerpts of Sunday’s interview that he still intended to crack down on the undocumented, 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,” Mr Trump said.

Experts estimate there are as many as 11 million foreigners living illegally in the United States, many of them Central and Southern Americans long-established in the country. …

Mr Trump has shown some willingness to soften his more strident positions. His U-turn on Obamacare — he now says he may simply amend a law he once branded a “disaster” on the stump — was prompted by his White House meeting with the outgoing president earlier this week.

hat-tip Stephen Neil