In his first television interview since winning the election last week, President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to deport 2 - 3 million undocumented immigrants when he takes office in January.
The statements came in a "60in Minutes" interview that aired Sunday evening.
“We're going to get the people that are criminals, have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, - we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, could even be 3 million, we’re getting them out of our country or we’re going to incarcerate," Trump said.
After a campaign of harsh rhertoric directed at the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., it is not surprising that many who are most directly affected by immigration policy tuned in Sunday evening.
Catalina Acuna lives in Irving now after moving from California a few years ago. She and her husband fled cartel violence in Mexico in 2000.
Her three children were born in the U.S, but for Acuna, she is watching closely what President-elect Trump says on immigration leading up to the inauguration.
"If I have to go, I have to go, period," Acuna said. "I have no way to fight it."
Acuna is one Texas' approximately 1.5 million undocumented immigrants. She says hearing that Trump wants to deport 2-3 million is an improvement over what she heard during the campaign and similar to the immigration policy of the Obama administration, which already placed an emphasis on deporting immigrants with criminal records.
"My main concern is something fair, something fair for us," Acuna said, referring to immigrants who came to the U.S. work and provide for their children. "He’s aware in how important the work is that illegal immigrants are doing in this country.”
After indicating part of the proposed border wall could instead be a fence, Trump said he will make a decision on how to handle the approximate 9-10 million immigrants here illegally but with no criminal background.
“After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about," Trump told correspondent Leslie Stahl. "They are terrific people.”
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