Trump’s immigration policy is evolving

By Paige McGlauflin 11/14/16

Since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump has backed off his tough stance on immigration. The President-elect said in his first post election interview that he would focus on deporting or imprisoning only undocumented immigrants that have committed crimes, and a partial fence on the United States-Mexico border instead of a complete wall.

This stance is a stretch from his rhetoric during his presidential campaign. At various rallies and speeches Trump was widely quoted to have said that he would deport all estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living inside the U.S., and would build a nearly 2 thousand mile long wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and make the latter pay for it. Trump’s proposal to build a wall has been a part of his platform since he announced his candidacy in 2015.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers,” Trump told CBS’s 60 Minutes. “We have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million; we are getting them out of our country or we’re going to incarcerate.” The AP claims that this estimate of 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants being criminals is likely inflated.