November 14, 2016
Wall or fence -- Proof of
border security first
Trump repeats vow to build border wall, but admits 'there could be some fencing'
President-elect Donald Trump, in his first television interview since his surprise election victory, repeated his vows to build a wall across America's southern border, deport criminal illegal aliens, and repeal and replace ObamaCare.
But Trump also appeared to back off from committing to build a solid wall, telling CBS' "60 Minutes" the barrier might look more like a fence in spots.
"Certain areas, a wall is more appropriate," Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl. "I'm very good at this, it's called construction."
Trump emphasized that securing the border is his very first immigration priority, but he also promised to deport people living in the country illegally who had committed crimes beyond their immigration offenses.
"What we are going to do is get the people that are [criminals] and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers," Trump said. "We have 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.
After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized," Trump added, "we're going to make a determination on [other undocumented immigrants].... But before we make that determination.... we want to secure our border.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Border Enforcement Evaluation First
President-elect Trump says he will address the issue of dealing with persons in the country illegally only "After the border is secured."
Ten years ago I launched Operation B.E.E.F. --- Border Enforcement Evaluation First, to check to see if the government would really build a 700-mile, double-layered fence. Sure enough, it didn't.
Unlike his predecessors, I am confident that President-elect is serious about securing the border. I will be waiting in anticipation to see his plans for rational border security, including how he will prove that the job has been done.