Donald Trump just got more specific on his immigration plan.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday morning, Trump announced he is prepared to launch a “deportation force” if he’s elected president to rid the country of 11 million immigrants estimated to be living in the shadows.
“You are going to have a deportation force, and you are going to do it humanely,” Trump said, in response to a question asking how, specifically, he would track down and deport millions.
The mogul said such a force would send immigrants “back where they came,” with the caveat that individuals could come back as long as they took the necessary steps to re-enter the United States legally.
“You have millions of people who are waiting in line to come into this country, and they are waiting to come in legally,” Trump said.
But even locating individuals for deportation could be a major obstacle for a Trump administration. While the Pew Research Center estimates that 60 percent of undocumented immigrants are living in six states—California, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York—there is no database detailing where every immigrant is residing. That means it would be a major task just to locate individuals, not to mention deport them. The American Action Forum—a center-right policy center—estimated in the spring that deporting America’s illegal immigrant population would cost the country upward of $400 billion. And the group noted it would hardly be effective immediately. Rather, it would take nearly two decades to complete.