U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks at an Organizing for Action dinner on Nov. 9, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Obama says Trump’s deportation plan is unrealistic

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to deport millions of undocumented immigrants is unrealistic and would cost the nation hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Trump vows to deport 11 million people

It’s getting worse, the nasty fights among Republicans. At this week’s debate, they found reason to fight on immigration when Donald Trump vowed to deport 11 million people. NBC News’ Katy Tur has more from Manchester, N.H.
In an interview Thursday with ABC News, Obama suggests imagining the images on screens flashed around the world as parents are dragged away from their children, put in detention centers and systematically sent out of the country.

He says that’s not “who we are as Americans.”

Trump has said the U.S. can successfully and humanely deport the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally with a deportation force.

Obama attributes cheers for the plan to a strain of anti-immigrant sentiment in American. He says it’s the job of leaders not to play into that sentiment.

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Obama says Trump's deportation plan is unrealistic

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