America’s future president has promised to get rid of millions of immigrants as soon as he moves into the White House in January.
Donald Trump says the focus will be on undocumented foreigners with “criminal” intent.
“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,” Trump told the CBS network’s 60 Minutes programme.
“But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally,” he added.
Yesterday, people got a taste of things to come as the US president-elect talked about some of the problems he will tackle during his presidency.
During his controversial election campaign, Trump promised to create a “deportation force” to rid the US of its more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, mostly Mexicans.
He said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In immigrant-heavy areas like Los Angeles and Phoenix, activists are scrambling to provide information to foreigners to help them protect themselves from deportation.
Meanwhile, Trump said he was saddened by reports of harassment of Muslims, African-Americans and Latinos following his victory. “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say: ‘Stop it’. If it — if it helps.”