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Trump to focus on deporting criminal immigrants from US

Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 3:49 PM
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WASHINGTON (AP):
President-elect Donald Trump is starting to sound an awful lot like President Barack Obama on immigration.

In his first postelection interview, Trump said he will focus on deporting criminal immigrants and not everyone living in the United States illegally. Two million or three million people could be immediate targets for deportation under this approach, Trump said, providing a likely inflated figure.

And that "big, beautiful wall" at the Mexican border? Trump said he may be amenable to a fence along some parts of the roughly 2,000-mile border.

The softened stance contrasts sharply with Trump's campaign rhetoric. As a candidate, he called for everyone living in the country illegally to return to their home countries and for Mexico to pay billions of dollars for the wall.