President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to immediately begin making America safer by deporting thousands of criminal illegal immigrants as soon as he takes office.
Currently, there are an estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally, and of those, it is believed at least two million are convicted criminals who could face deportation under Trump’s plan.
A major plank of Trump’s presidential campaign was securing our borders and making changes to the immigration policies that have brought crime and terror to our country.
Newsmax reports on a recent interview with the President-elect where he commented on the actions he will take to bring safety and security to our nation:
“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 our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in a recent interview.
“But we’re getting them out of our country if they’re here illegally,” Trump said.
He said he will begin making a “determination” about what to do with the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S. after the border is “secure.”
“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 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.
Trump’s plan has come under fire from the liberal media and the Democrat establishment who have been working to push President Obama’s plan of bringing thousands of “refugees” into the U.S., and supposedly offering sanctuary to illegal immigrants who the left believes deserve to start over in our country — but without going through the proper procedures.
The mayors of several large U.S. cities are vowing to defy Trump’s plans, saying they will continue to provide “sanctuary” to refugees and illegal immigrants.
Ironically, many of these cities are those with the highest crime rates in the country.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement that “Chicago is and will remain a sanctuary city. Chicago has been a city of immigrants since it was founded. We have always welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds, and while the administration will change, our values and our commitment to inclusion will not.”
Illegal immigration was a central issue during Trump’s campaign, highlighted by his pledge to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Illinois Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza urged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand up to Trump and convince him not to halt funding.
“As a leader of this state, the governor, and everyone in a leadership position, should be saying it’s wrong,” Mendoza, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, told Politico. “I would expect that the governor would say, ‘that’s ridiculous.’ Besides moral bankruptcy, it’s bad fiscal policy for the city or any city.”
In recent days other cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, have urged Trump not to withhold federal funds, and vowed they would continue to serve as sanctuary cities, which means they have local policies designed to not prosecute people only for being an undocumented individual.
Among other places that have made similar commitments are Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is another official stating he will offer sanctuary to all who wish to escape from Trump’s policies, even though New York City also has one of the highest crime rates in the nation.
The U.S. has seen the results of allowing poorly-vetted, undocumented immigrants into the nation under Obama’s disastrous immigration policies, which include reported violent rapes and murders that have received national attention.
It remains to be seen how the immigration issue will play out once President-elect Trump begins his term, but the safety of our country hinges on state and local officials cooperating with Trump’s policies.