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Trump's Mass Deportation Wouldn't Be Cheap

Let's have a real conversation about the costs -- economic and human.
Reach for the sky.

Reach for the sky.

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Leave it to Donald Trump. In an interview last week with CNN, the Republican presidential candidate made explicit what even the staunchest anti-immigrant leaders of his party have avoided saying out loud: Let the mass deportation begin.

Trump said he would deport all undocumented immigrants and then let the "good ones" back into the U.S. under unspecified conditions. He didn't explain how he would round up an estimated 11 million people and get them out of the country. ("It's feasible if you know how to manage," he said. "Politicians don't know how to manage.")