Donald Trump has declared as he had promised during his campaign, he will deport two to three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” upon taking office – while urging protesters angry at his election not to be afraid of his presidency.
In his first television interview as President-Elect, Mr Trump insisted that he is going to carry out his hard-line immigration policy proposals, while insisting that he would build a wall between the US and Mexico.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million – it could even three million – we are getting them out of the country or we are going to incarcerate,” Mr Trump told 60 Minutes.
He explained that once the border is “secure”, then the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will assess the status of the remaining undocumented immigrants in this country.
The Republican billionaire – whose shock election on a populist and anti-immigration platform has spurred days of protests-, also told demonstrators they have no reason to fear his presidency.
Trump added that the barrier to be erected on the US border with Mexico may not consist entirely of brick and mortar, but that fencing could be used in some areas.
“There could be some fencing”, Trump said. “But for certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he tells CBS.