- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are taking contrasting tones on deporting illegal immigrants in the wake of the general election, with the president-elect continuing his talk tough and the House speaker sounding more willing to compromise.

In an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” set to air Sunday night, Mr. Trump promised to deport immediately 2 million or 3 million undocumented immigrants he views as criminals.

“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 2 million, it could be even 3 million — we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Mr. Trump said. “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan attempted to alleviate concerns on Sunday that Mr. Trump will establish a “deportation force” to round up illegal immigrants throughout the country.

“No, securing the border is our top priority,” Mr. Ryan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That’s why I say, we’re not focused on — we are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump is not planning on that.”

Both men seemed to agree that any immigration plan has to start with securing the border.

“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,” Mr. Trump said. “But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

Mr. Trump also held fast to his promise to build a wall along the southern border. He said a fence would be sufficient for some areas, but not for others.

“For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” he said. “I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”



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