Trump's Plan to Deport 2M Has One Big Hole

WaPo, FiveThirtyEight say there aren't 2M to deport
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Trump's Plan to Deport 2M Has One Big Hole
President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump said his first priority will be arresting and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, and he put a number to the effort: "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." How does that number hold up, and what's the reaction been? The rundown:

  • Washington Post's Fact Checker and FiveThirtyEight find Trump comes up short. While a rep for the president-elect called out a Department of Homeland Security report that cited 1.9 million "removable criminal aliens" as of fiscal year 2013, both point out that phrase also includes lawful permanent residents and those with temporary visas, meaning size of the group Trump was referring to is south of that 1.9 million. Both also cite the number 820,000—the Migration Policy Institute's estimate of undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

  • In his first press conference since the election, President Obama addressed the topic of young undocumented immigrants and advised Trump to "think long and hard" before endangering their status. BuzzFeed has more.
  • Trump won't find an ally among the LAPD. "We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts," Police Chief Charlie Beck tells the LA Times, continuing the department's decades-old stance.
  • Los Angeles is a "sanctuary city"—meaning ones where police and city workers aren’t obligated to turn undocumented immigrants they encounter into the feds, per Politico—and it's not alone. NPR reports there are 300 such cities and counties, and under Trump's First 100 Days plan they stand to lose federal funding if they don't change their tune. That didn't scare Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who on Monday emphasized Chicago "always will be a sanctuary city."
  • Modern Farmer looks into one of the "great ironies in the election": that rural Americans voted for a candidate whose immigration policies could decimate the agricultural workforce.
(More President Trump stories.)

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