Experts say U.S. would need internment camps, police state to carry out Trump's promises

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Much has been made about the scant details Donald Trump has provided as for how exactly he plans to make America great again. This much is for sure: It will be very, very expensive. And, according to experts who spoke with The New York Times, it would mean something even scarier than that, too — to actually carry out Trump's promises, experts say the United States would need to become a police state.

Take Trump's plan to deport 11 million people as just one example. In recent history, deportations peaked at 400,000 a year, so to reach the scale vowed by Trump would mean exceptional changes. It is reasonable to expect police checking citizenship papers during traffic stops; large-scale raids on farms, factories, construction sites, and restaurants; the arrest and detention of tens of thousands "similar to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII"; and the quick instatement of dozens of emergency courts to process everyone.

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