Friday, December 30, 2016
Trump deportation plan could be ‘impossible’
At Politico by Ted Hesson --
Donald Trump is pledging to deport two to three million gang members, drug dealers and other criminals who are in the U.S. illegally. But people who’ve actually run the nation’s immigration enforcement agencies say it can’t be done — at least not without spending billions and taking years.
“It’s impossible, period,” said John Sandweg, who was acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2013 and 2014.
Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration has been central to his platform ever since he called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers on the day he announced his candidacy, and his pledges to build a border wall and create a deportation force resonated with the voters who elected him. But his continued promises to round up immigrants as president-elect could be one of the first reality checks on his administration.