Hello and welcome to our live blog on the US Presidential election, and more specifically, Donald Trump’s stance on immigration now that he has won the election.
The blog will be running from today on-wards, tracking Trump’s movements and interviews as he discusses his plans for American’s immigration issue.
Sunday – 16:44: Trump looking set to break promise to deport all illegal immigrants
It was reported yesterday that president-elect Donald Trump may be planning to “soften his stance” on illegal immigration in the States.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s first interview since winning the electoral vote on Tuesday suggested that was he was not going to implement the mass deportation of all illegal immigrants, as stated during his campaign.
20:00: 60 Minutes interview airs
During the interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Trump claimed that the wall he had planned to build along the Mexican border might have to be “part fence,” although a wall would be more “appropriate.”
He also boasted of his own ability to build the wall, stating that he was “… very good at this, it’s called construction.”
However, Trump did not go back on his promise to further restrict abortion services in the US.
He admitted that would be seeking judges to overturn Roe v. Wade and return abortion access to a State-by-State basis. If successful, this would mean that many women seeking abortions in the US would be forced to travel.
You can watch the full interview live here.
19:04: Trump announces plans to deport up to 3 million undocumented migrants
President-elect Trump has stated that he plans to deport up to 3 million illegal immigrants as soon as possible.
He is particularly interested in either deporting or incarcerating undocumented criminals in an attempt to Make America Great Again.
“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 two million – it could be even three million – we are getting them out of the country or we are going to incarcerate (…)”
Twitter responded to Trump’s statement accordingly:
Monday – 07:03am: UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responds to Trump’s immigration policy
Once news of Trump’s CBS interview broke across the pond, it wasn’t long before UK and Irish politicians began weighing in on his immigration stance.
British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – who vehemently opposed Brexit and the proposed strict immigration laws that would come with it – spoke on the Andrew Marr Show this morning about his disgust towards Trump’s comments.
An angered Corbyn told Trump to “grow up” and stated that his harsh immigration plans are something that needs to be challenged.
He also said that Trump was clearly unaware of the fact that the US depends on migrant labour to survive.
“The treatment of Mexico by the United States, just as much as his absurd and abusive language towards Muslims is something that has to be challenged.
Trump decided to use the populist agenda. He blamed Muslims Mexicans, he blamed Muslims, he blamed women, he blamed anyone he could think of, except the very corporate America that in many ways he actually represents.”
Corbyn also said that he was looking forward to seeing the conversation between Trump and his wife Laura Alvarez, who he describes as a “proud Mexican.”
Standby for more unates throughout the day.