NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will deport two to three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” upon taking office. He also insisted that a wall will be built between the United States and Mexico. In his first television interview since winning the presidential election on Tuesday, Donald Trump vowed to see through his hardline proposals for immigration policy. On entering office in January, Trump said he will deport as many as three million undocumented migrants. “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 the country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said. “But we’re getting them out of the country, they’re here illegally.”
Trump’s comments contradicted those made by House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that mass deportation is not a focus of Republicans right now. “I think we should put people’s minds at ease” on mass deportation because the top priority is really border security, Ryan said. Reiterating his plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico, Trump also said in Sunday’s interview it may not entirely be built from concrete or bricks and mortar. “There could be some fencing,” Trump said. “But [in] certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he added. The wall, which was a focal point of Trump’s election campaign would, according to the President-elect in previous statements, be paid for by Mexico.
Once the border is “secure,” the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will assess the status of the remaining undocumented immigrants in the country, Trump told. “After the border is secure and after everything gets normalised, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,” he said. “But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.” When specifically asked if he actually intends to build the wall along the southern border, Trump simply replied, “Yes.” However, Trump explained that the wall along the 1,900 mile border would likely not be as grandiose as he promised – describing an iteration of the boundary between the two countries that essentially already exists.
GOING IT ALONE NOT AN OPTION, NATO WARNS TRUMP
Agencies add: Nato chief has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. Acting alone on defence and security is not an option for either the United States or Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an article published on Sunday. During the presidential election campaign Donald Trump, now president-elect, threatened to abandon US allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defence. “We face the greatest challenges to our security in a generation. This is no time to question the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States,” Stoltenberg wrote in an article for UK’s The Observer newspaper.
He highlighted that the only time NATO had invoked its clause that an attack on one member is an attack on all, was after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001 on the United States. Many nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have lagged in their defence spending, failing to meet the pledge of 2 percent of GDP, and Stoltenberg said the US had rightly called for others to pay a more equal share. “It is all too easy to take the freedoms, security and prosperity we enjoy for granted. In these uncertain times we need strong American leadership, and we need Europeans to shoulder their fair share of the burden,” he said. He said the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States was “indispensable”.
“Rather than deepening our differences, we need to nurture what unites us, and find the wisdom and foresight to work together for common solutions. Going it alone is not an option, either for Europe or for the United States,” he said. Meanwhile, the British and French foreign ministers are to miss special talks with their EU counterparts on Sunday to discuss Donald Trump’s stunning US election win in a sign of divisions over how to deal with the new president. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini summoned the ministers for dinner in Brussels after Republican Trump stormed to victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton on a platform which questioned America’s commitment to Europe. But British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the meeting which is seen in some quarters as unnecessarily casting doubt on the result of an election in the country that has been closely allied to Europe for decades.
“We do not see the need for an additional meeting because the US election timetable is long established,” a British Foreign Office spokesman said, adding that Johnson would attend a scheduled full meeting of ministers on Monday. “An act of democracy has taken place, there is a transition period and we will work with the current and future administrations to ensure the best outcomes for Britain.” Britain will be seeking the incoming Trump administration’s backing as it negotiates its exit from the EU following June’s Brexit referendum vote. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will meanwhile be “absent for agenda reasons”, a French source told, although his absence from a crucial meeting called by the EU’s own foreign policy chief will also raise questions.
Britain and France will instead be represented by their ambassadors to the EU. Trump’s victory has already been greeted coolly by a bloc shaken by Brexit and other crises, with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warning the billionaire president-elect must get up to speed quickly on transatlantic ties. “Mr Trump, during his campaign, said that Belgium was a village somewhere in Europe,” Juncker said Friday. “I believe we’ll have two years of wasted time while Mr Trump tours a world he doesn’t know.” Juncker also said that Trump had called NATO into question, which could have “harmful consequences” because it is the model of Europe’s defence. Trump’s lack of solid foreign policy priorities has however kept everyone guessing.
One European diplomat said: “I have not had anyone teary on my shoulder – but everyone is saying ‘what does it mean’ and everyone is trying to interpret it.” Trump has also sought to reach out to US allies since his election win, with phone calls to British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Francois Hollande among others. But in a sign of the concern that Trump’s victory has caused in Europe, outgoing US President Barack Obama is himself set to meet Merkel, May and Hollande in the wake of Trump’s victory. Trump’s coolness on Europe and accusations of sexism and racism during the campaign have caused nervousness throughout a bloc dealing with the migration crisis, a stalled economy and a resurgent Russia on its eastern border.
Donald Tusk, the EU president and former Polish premier, warned this week that the events of 2016 were a “warning sign for all who believe in liberal democracy”, and urged Europe to “finally get our act together”. But Trump’s win is also being seen by some in the European Union as a chance to push ahead with projects of its own in a bid to build unity in the wake of the shock of Brexit. On Monday the foreign ministers will discuss plans to boost defence cooperation – a move that Britain had long blocked – including a controversial proposal for a European military headquarters.