Trump365: Mark Zuckerberg Launches Website Against Trump's Immigration Plan

The debut of Trump365 "reveals the astronomical economic and human costs if this 'plan' becomes a reality," according to the site.

by Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle / July 20, 2016

(TNS) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's lobbying group for immigration reform has launched a website critiquing Donald Trump's immigration policies and exploring the cost of deporting all 11.3 million immigrants in the nation illegally.

The debut of Trump365 coincides with the Republican party's presidential nomination in Cleveland this week and "reveals the astronomical economic and human costs if this 'plan' becomes a reality," according to the site.

"It's a big number," Todd Schulte, president of the lobbying group FWD.us, said in a statement. "We want to break it down so people understand this is going to hurt each and every one of us in America, whether they've ever met an undocumented immigrant or not."

The group estimates that deporting all these immigrants could cost between $735 billion and $935 billion over the next two decades or about $11,442 per household.

It notes that immigrants here illegally pay about $11.64 billion in state and local taxes every year so removing them would "deliver a devastating blow to government programs" supported by these funds. The group argues deporting these immigrants is a choice over other public programs such as building 18,700 new public high schools or improving 748,000 miles of U.S. roads.

The U.S. agricultural industry would lose 48 percent of its farm workers and the restaurant industry 11 percent of its employees.

The lobbying group on Monday also released the results of a poll of 600 likely November 2016 voters in the swing states of Colorado, Florida and Nevada. It found Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leads Trump by 11 percentage points among registered independent voters. Overall, Clinton leads Trump by 3 percentage points in these battleground states.

In such a tight race, the polls found roughly two-thirds of independent voters in these states oppose the real estate mogul's plan to round up and deport all immigrants here illegally and revoke citizenship from the American-born children of immigrants here illegally. The same amount, 67 percent, are against Trump's call to temporarily ban foreign-born Muslims from entering the United States and 65 percent disapprove of his idea to build a wall across the southern border.

The survey was conducted from July 5-10 by the Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group and the Republican firm Basswood Research and has a margin of error of 4 percent.

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