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Immigration attorney: Massive deportation enforcement is likely not possible

It's not clear just how far the President's threat may go
Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 01:22:56-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets about the deportation of undocumented immigrants starting next week.

The President tweeted, "They will be removed as fast as they come in."

KGUN9 met with a immigration attorney to see how people in Southern Arizona might be impacted.

"From a policy perspective, a massive deportation enforcement action doesn't make any sense at all," Maurice Goldman said.

Goldman thinks the President's threat was really more of a political move. The tweets came one day before he kicked off his 2020 re-election bid.

What the government could do, Goldman says, is go after the people with final orders of deportation. But he says there are millions of people in the United States who have children born here, or have lived here for many years, and have jobs.

He also says the government should consider the economic impact of a mass deportation, and how it might hurt U.S. businesses.

It's not clear yet just how far the President's threat may go.

"We haven't yet seen it be where it's like, people are just hiding in their homes, or hiding in churches," Goldman said. "You see that on occasion. But this is where we may end up."