Election 2016

Donald Trump's Dark Promise: We Will Deport Two to Three Million People

The immigration nightmare begins and Americans are terrified.

Photo Credit: screen shot / Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Just in case you thought that the long national nightmare was over, Trump appeared on "60 Minutes" Sunday night to remind America he's committed to deporting at least 2-3 million undocumented immigrants. In an interview at Trump Tower with "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl, who should be collecting an Oscar for composure, Trump said, when pressed on his explictly anti-immigration platform, "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 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”

Trump is not giving up on his promise to build a wall, though he said fences may work depending on the location: "For certain areas I would [build the wall], but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” Trump said. “I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.” (No word on whether said construction involves camps.)

Earlier in the day, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper on CNN, "I think we should put people's minds at ease," Ryan said. "We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump's not planning on that."

In addition, Trump shared that he was "going to think about" appointing a special prosecutor to investigate HIllary Clinton, whom he called "very smart." He said his potential appointees for Supreme Court justices would be "pro-life," and that he still plans to repeal the Affordable Care act, but perhaps will keep coverage for pre-existing conditions, “because it happens to be one of the strongest assets.”

Watch Trump's interview here:

Watch Paul Ryan's interview below: 

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.

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