Trump’s Deportation Plan Isn’t Just Stupid—It'll Cost Billions

Donald Trump's plan to deport all undocumented immigrants would cost the U.S. billions.


On multiple occasions, Donald Trump has boasted that he will deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

For Trump, this is an allegedly high priority (along with building his infamous wall)—however, it’s evident that he has never remotely considered how expensive this undertaking would be.

A new study by the American Action Forum predicts that this mass deportation could reduce annual output from the private sector anywhere from 2.9 percent to 4.7 percent.

This is because of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., at least 6.8 million are employed. Without these workers, private sector output would decrease by billions: anywhere from $381.5 billion to $623.2 billion.

Reuters notes that the study “concluded that there would not likely be enough legal employees in these sectors to fill the vacancies that would result from mass deportations.”

The most affected industries would be construction and hospitality—an estimated 12 percent of construction and 9 percent of the hospitality industry consists of undocumented immigrants.

In an interview with CNBC, Trump claimed that the study’s analysts didn’t understand his plan. “I saw that report and they don't even have it right," Trump said. "We certainly don't want to shrink our economy."

Regardless of what Trump wants, shrinking America’s economy is undoubtedly what he would be doing if he attempted to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in a short period of time.

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