It seems for all of President-elect Donald Trump’s various lies, there were kernels of truth in his campaign promises. For example, it seems Trump is going to continue to move forward with his plan of deporting millions of illegal immigrants. He confirmed his brash plan while giving an interview to the highly rated television program “60 minutes” which will air Nov. 13.
Trump was asked what his plans were and he had no qualms about expressing in full detail, to the best of his ability, what he plans to do:
What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, 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. But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.
Trump fails to specify the costs of deporting all of these individuals, or if he were to incarcerate them the costs would be even higher. There is a cartoonish view of what it means to deport an illegal immigrant. The belief seems to be that individuals are scooped up, and brought to a border and forced to exit the nation. The reality is the process is far longer, where individuals are detained, documented, and often held in government institutions for days, weeks, and sometimes months, before they are actually deported.