WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s business community has begun to pressure Donald Trump to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
The push is led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch. It is still in its infancy as the business world struggles to understand Trump’s true intentions on an issue that defined his outsider campaign.
Some groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are holding off, doubtful that Trump will actually create a deportation force to expel those estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. But others are assembling teams of public officials and industry leaders to encourage Trump to embrace a more forgiving immigration policy.