Donald Trump says one of the first things he’ll do when he becomes president is deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants. It would be one of the largest such roundups in American history.
Here are answers to many questions about how he will accomplish that.
How many “criminal” undocumented immigrants are there?
In a post-election interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Trump said he would deport 2 million to 3 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are “criminal and have criminal records.” The actual number depends on how one defines “criminal.”
The Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, estimates 820,000 undocumented immigrants have been convicted of a crime in the United States. About 300,000 were convicted of felonies and 390,000 of serious misdemeanors.
The Department of Homeland Security puts the number of “removable criminal aliens” at 1.9 million, but that estimate includes foreigners with legal status, people convicted of all crimes (except for traffic offenses) and those repeatedly caught crossing the border.
Many are already in custody, making them the easiest to identify. The Congressional Research Service estimates more than 142,000 non-citizens were in federal and state prisons and local jails in 2013, the last year for which data is available. The service could not determine how many were…
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