During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump spoke a lot about illegal immigration and his plans to fight it. His comments about Mexicans received a lot of criticism. But behind the rhetoric, there was a political stand that was an integral part of Donald Trump’s platform. Trump has repeatedly said that Obama’s take on immigration was wrong and that he was going to undo much of what the Obama administration has achieved. Now that he was elected, Donald Trump’s controversial comments are creating anxiety among some United States residents. But Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently said that there are no plans for a “deportation force”.
Paul Ryan Tries to Calm Fears
Donald Trump received a lot of support for his stand on immigration based on the result at the polls. His political opponents were fiercely critical of his attitude regarding immigration and his comments about those who chose to come to the United States. As such it was perhaps a surprise that Donald Trump actually got more votes from Latinos than Mitt Romney did in 2012. When he becomes the president, he is going to have to make good on his campaign promises. But a prominent Republican just said that there is not going to be a round-up and deportation of undocumented immigrants.
“We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that,”
said House Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview.
Paul Ryan said that the priority for the country I having a secure border. That would be the first step to take before doing anything about those who are already in the country illegally.
“I think we should put people’s minds at ease: That is not what our focus is. That is not what we’re focused on. We’re focused on securing the border. We think that’s first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we’ve got to know who’s coming and going into the country — we’ve got to secure the border,”
added Paul Ryan.
Donald Trump Puts Border Wall First
The President-elect spoke on the issue himself in a recent interview. He said that he still intends to build a wall at the border between the United States and Mexico. When asked about the alternative of a fence instead of a wall, Donald Trump said that he would consider that option “for certain areas.” He stood by his opinion that a wall would be better for some others. Also, he expressed confidence that he would achieve the goal of building the border wall.
“I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,”
said Donald Trump.
Talking about undocumented immigrants, Donald Trump said that he is initially going to focus on those who have committed crimes in the United States. He mentioned those who are gang-affiliated or are part of the drug trade. Also, he estimated their number at around two or three million people.
With regard to other undocumented immigrants who haven’t broken the law, Donald Trump said that they would be dealt with later. An assessment of their situation would take place after the border with Mexico is secure.
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