Trump Election Spurs ‘Panic’ In Massachusetts Immigrant Communities

A protester in front of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR.

One of the focal points of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign is now one of his first agenda items: deporting undocumented immigrants.

In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on November 13, Trump said he wants to immediately deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants who he says have criminal records.

“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 even be 3 million — we’re getting them out of our country, or we’re going to incarcerate,” Trump said. “But, we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

But those numbers of undocumented, criminally convicted immigrants Trump cited simply don’t square with Department of Homeland Security data.

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