- US to immediately deport up to three million undocumented immigrants
- Several hundred thousand Indian-Americans living in the US without proper documents
The immigrant community in the US have been a worried lot since the election of billionaire businessman-turned politician Donald Trump’s victory in this year’s elections. Immigration laws and policies regarding jobseekers from other countries were the highlights of his electoral campaign. One week after being elected, Trump in an interview to CBS announced that he will immediately deport up to three million undocumented immigrants, saying "we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate".
"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 told CBS News.
The announcement led to panic and worried many parts of the immigrant community in the country. To put minds at ease, House Speaker and top Republican leader Paul Ryan pacified the people by saying that there was no deportation force to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants. He reiterated that the government’s intention was to secure the borders of the country, regulate who is coming in and out of the country, stop drug and other illegal activities of undocumented immigrants and then focus on other parts of the immigrant policy.
During the election campaign, Trump had warned that those countries which do not accept these illegal immigrants, he would enforce the legal provision of stopping of issuing of visas to the people of those countries. India has already deported a large share of its citizens that have been staying in the US without proper papers. There are an estimated 11 million unauthorised immigrants in the country. Several hundred thousand are believed to be Indian-Americans.
The President-elect said he would take a call on the fate of the rest of the illegal immigrants, after the border is secured. Trump insisted that he is determined to fulfill another campaign promise of building a wall along the Mexican border. Since Trump's election on November 8, the realities of actually building that wall have begun to set in and the Mexican government has publicly reminded him that Mexico will not pay for the wall.
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Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:51 PM IST