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Policy experts debate how Trump’s plan to deport 3 million immigrants would work

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A Honduran immigration detainee, his feet shackled and shoes laceless as a security precaution, boards a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. John Moore/Getty Images

After President-elect Trump’s interview on CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ in which he said his administration would deport 2-3 million immigrants who have committed crimes, many wondered how his administration will go about doing that and which immigrants will be targeted for deportation.

Many say that a mass removal of this scale would be impossible without workplace raids and other potentially divisive tactics. There’s also the issue of the massive backlogs in immigration courts, and since many of those who might be deported would have to go through the courts system before being deported, it’s unclear exactly how sweeping this deportation would be.

There’s also the issue of impact to sanctuary cities, federal funding for which President-elect Trump has promised to cut if they refuse to cooperate with the feds. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco are sanctuary cities, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said publicly his agency will not help deport immigrants under President Trump because that’s not their job.

How exactly does President-elect Trump plan to carry out his plan to deport up to 3 million immigrants? Is this a realistic goal or more heightened rhetoric? What would it take on the federal level for funding to sanctuary cities to be cut and what would the impact be locally for those cities?


Apolonio Morales, political director for Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a D.C.-based organization that studies the impact of immigration on American society

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