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Trump's immigration plan: What it would take to deport 3M people

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Donald Trump has announced he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants as soon as he takes office. It’s a bold plan and it has many people asking questions.

How will this plan be implemented? How much money is this going to cost? Where will the funding come from?

A Nevada immigration expert tells us for this to actually happen a major structural change would have to come first.

“You need more ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) police. You would need more immigration judges in courtroom which are already horribly backlogged. You would probably need more detention centers given what he was talking about. The mere machinery of it would be massive. We would be building a very large police infrastructure unlike almost anything else we see in our society,” UNLV immigration law professor Michael Kagan explained.

When asked about the 2 to 3-million number Trump was referencing, Kagan said he has no idea where he got that. The migration policy institute estimates that about 820,000 undocumented immigrants have criminal records.  

Local Trump supporters think something should be done, but the implementation has them confused.

“I don’t see how he can do it, I just don’t see any way of getting rid of all those people out of this country. But I do think that they should be made to be citizens and pay taxes like all the other citizens who came from other countries too,” said one Trump supporter, who didn’t want to disclose her name.

Another man agreed, saying he didn't think it was very realistic. But, he thinks Trump should start by securing the border and making it harder to get into the country in the first place. That's actually been echoed by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who says the first step is securing the border, not upping the force that would deport people.

In Nevada, there are an estimated 210,000 undocumented workers which make up 7.6% of our population. That’s the highest percentage in the country.

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