Immigration reform
November 15, 2016

Trump to Deport Worst Illegal Immigrants First

 |  By: Mike Opperman

In a “60 Minutes” segment President-elect Donald Trump said he would deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds after he becomes President.

Trump says deporting undocumented workers with criminal records is just a start, adding that his administration would decide on how to handle remaining undocumented workers at a later date. “After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about—who are terrific people,” Trump said. “But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we’re going to secure our border.”

One of the more distinctive promises from Trump during his campaign related to immigration and his vow to build a wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. In the “60 Minutes” segment, Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl that he would accept fencing along some of the border. “For certain areas, I would. But for certain areas a wall is more appropriate,” he said.

Immigration reform is one of the policy pillars tied to Trump’s first 100 days in office. Certainly immigration reform is top of mind for many sectors of agriculture, especially dairy producers. According to the Department of Labor, of the 2.5 million farm workers in the U.S., more than 53% are illegal immigrants. The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) estimates that more than half of all dairy farm workers are immigrants. The ADC also estimates that losing this labor force would cost the economy roughly $32 billion annually.