Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Over a hundred protesters stood outside of the federal courthouse on Thursday, March 19, 2015, holding handmade signs and chanting in megaphones. The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted Obama's plan. The president's plan would spare from deportation up to 5 million people in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Yvette Vela)

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.