President-elect Donald Trump is still dead set on deporting millions. While it's quite normal for candidates to promise certain things during a campaign and not follow through once elected, Trump isn't budging on mass deportations.
He is, however, voicing leniency when it comes to his "grand wall."
In a "60 Minutes" interview, taped on Friday and airing Nov. 13, Trump promised that he would venture on with his immigration agenda and deport undocumented people, but first start with the "bad hombres, a.k.a the "criminals."
When "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Trump what his plans on are immigration he responded with:
"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," Trump told Stahl. "Once he considers the country’s borders secure, he said there will be a vetting process to allow re-entry."
The problem with Trump's assertion is that "rounding up" criminals isn't as easy as he might think it is, and also their aren't that many undocumented people with a police record.
For example, in 2014, CNN reports that the United States government deported 177,960 undocumented people that had a criminal record. "That's 56% of last year's total number of deportations", according to ICE, and it's a group that the agency says it's putting first when it comes to deciding which cases to prioritize.
Also 121 undocumented people were charged with murder in 2014. That number accounts to about a thousandth of a percent of the total estimated number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States, according to CNN.
Meaning, there's a whole lot of bad hombres that are actual U.S. citizens.
Also, Trump has to answer to Republicans who don't support his plan, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan.
On Sunday, Ryan told CNN that their focus is not on mass deportation but rather securing the country's borders.
"We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump is not planning on that," Ryan told CNN. "We should put people’s minds at ease, that is not what our focus is. We’re focused on securing the border."
Speaking of the border...Trump, who once said his wall would be big and beautiful, is now saying that some parts will simply have a fence.
Trump told Stahl that some parts of the country do not need a wall to secure the border, and other sections just need a fence.
"I’m very good at this. It’s called construction," Trump said.
Yeah, and you know who's going to be constructing that fence? Latinos! Yes, they're the ones who accept low-paying construction jobs, who also helped Trump build many of his hotels.
But back to these "bad hombres."
According to Immigration Enforcement, most of the undocumented "bad hombres" come from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador." If Trump plans to deport "gang members" he has another issue on his shoulders.
The reason people from South America flee to Mexico and then to the United States is to avoid being killed by these type of violent groups.
In other words, Trump deporting gang members back to their home countries will only fuel the violence in South America. In turn, more people will seek refuge here in the United States. Trump will essentially be contributing to the problem he wants to solve.