The unthinkable has happened, and the nation is facing eight years of being ruled by a racist demagogue. And an implication of that reign of terror is that one of Trump’s most fevered plans during his campaign, to deport millions of immigrants using a “deportation force,” will now be realized.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper that there would be no mass deportations, but Trump says otherwise.
In an interview on 60 Minutes Trump insisted that millions of “criminal” undocumented immigrants would immediately be deported or jailed.
Via The Hill:
“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.”
“But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”
He then said once he has “secured” the southern border (presumably with that wall, as promised), he’d deal with other undocumented people who aren’t doing anything wrong. Trump said:
“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, 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 going to make a determination at that. But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”
This is horrific. These people are not a blight on the nation. They do good work and contribute to the economy. There’s no reason to go hunting them down and rounding them up. Then again, Trump has repeatedly demonstrated how racist and anti-immigrant he is, so it really isn’t surprising.
Sadly, Paul Ryan seems incapable of controlling Trump. The two aren’t even on the same page when it comes to Trump’s plan to ship out millions of people.
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