President-elect Donald Trump reassured the American people of his strong immigration stance by promising to go after undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.
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“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where 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 said in an interview on CBS’ ‘60 Minutes.’
In an interview on the FOX Business Network’s The Intelligence Report, Former CIA Director Ambassador James Woolsey said that a policy neglecting to go after any criminal illegal immigrant fosters an environment of violent criminals.
“We have to look particularly hard I think at people who commit multiple crimes including violent crimes like the killer of that young woman on the bridge of San Francisco some months back. The interaction of policy not to go after people like that and sanctuary cities has produced a very situation with respect to violent criminals,” he said.
Woolsey reiterated Trump’s policy on undocumented immigrants who are contributing members of society, and whose only crime was the way they entered this country.
“There are a number of people who are here, as Mr. Trump just said, may have broken the law in getting here but have led very productive and excellent lives with them and their families and obviously those people will be treated differently as he [Trump] said,” Woolsey told host Trish Regan.
The former CIA director also weighed in on President Obama’s executive order to allowed sanctuary for 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States and believes such policy could pose a national security risk.
“Just open the doors and let in thousands without doing sufficiently detailed and careful vetting and checking is really dangerous as well as not just unwise, it’s dangerous to the country,” he said.