President-elect Donald Trump will hit the ground running when he takes office in January.
Among the items on Trump’s agenda is his plan to deport 2 to 3 million Latin American immigrants who are in this country illegally.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.
“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. But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”
Trump emphasized another campaign promise to build a secure wall along the South Texas border between Mexico and the United States. But he also said his immigration officials would make a “determination” about the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who aren’t criminals — those who are in school or working to support their families.
“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.”
In unrelated news, the president-elect has already had a positive effect on the U.S. economy.
The jobs-stealing Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) that President Obama was trying to push through Congress before he leaves office is dead.
The TPP deal, which was signed by Obama earlier this year, includes special protections for corporations who outsource American jobs to foreign countries.
11 other member countries — including Canada, Japan, and Mexico have already signed the TPP agreement. But it is not ratified by any country.
The TPP trade deal was a key part of Trump’s campaign.
“I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Trump said, adding that America did “not need to enter into another massive international agreement that ties us up and binds us down”.
He also set his sights on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying “I am going to tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to negotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal — by a lot, not just a little, by a lot — for our workers.”
Hillary Clinton favored TPP and NAFTA, which is part of the reason why she lost the election.