Candidate Trump sounded very different on immigration than President-elect Trump.
Just look at how he abandoned his most sweeping promises to deport the entire undocumented population within two years, now saying that 3 million people — mostly convicted felons — would be the priorities in forced removals from the U.S.
"What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers," Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday. "We have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate."
Still, Trump's deportation numbers do not fully add up.
It is likely that Trump is citing figures from a 2012 Department of Homeland Security memo that estimated 1.9 million undocumented immigrants had criminal records and should be deported.
But there's a catch. The Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, found that nearly half of those 1.9 million were legally present in the United States as green card holders, and were not undocumented.
MPI estimates that a more accurate figure of undocumented immigrants with criminal records would be closer to 820,000.
This raises fears among pro-immigrant advocates that a Trump administration would not stop with deporting only criminals, especially if the numbers fall far short of expectations.
"If they're going to set an arbitrary number, they're going to waste valuable law enforcement resources and detain and deport fathers, mothers and children who are stuck in a broken immigration system," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.