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Dem Pres. hopeful Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama on deportation raids

January 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Dem Pres. hopeful Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama on deportation raids

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Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton broke with President Obama on the illegal immigration raids and said the administration to cease the deportation raids aimed at Central Americans who have entered the country illegally.

Clinton said at an Iowa forum for young and minority voters that the federal roundup has spread fear and division among the migrant communities across the nation. “People are afraid to go to work, they are scared to send their kids to school or even go to the hospital and go food shopping,” said Clinton.

“People are afraid to go to work, they are scared to send their kids to school or even go to the hospital and go food shopping out of fear of deportation,” said Clinton.

She was widely criticized in the past by pro-immigration groups in 2014 when she maintained that unaccompanied minors from Central American countries who had crossed the southern border should be sent back to their countries of origin.

However, Clinton changed her stance on Monday and said if she was to be elected President, calling the raids mass deportations and said she would support government-funded lawyers so that unaccompanied minors can have the sufficient legal representation in immigration court, and would provide increased funding for additional translators, asylum officers, and immigration judges.

“We have laws and those laws must guide us, but having armed federal agents showing up at homes and taking women and children out of their beds in the middle of the night is wrong,” said Clinton

Her comments are the biggest break from President Obama since she served as his secretary of state during the president’s first term.

Clinton’s Democratic rivals including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have voiced strong opposition to the raids since the administration’s announcement late last year.

Sanders said he was “very disturbed,” while O’Malley called the plan”mindless deportations that go against America’s character.”

The initial raids were conducted last week in the states of Texas and Georgia, but will include states nationwide.

The Obama Administration are trying to avoid another crisis that occurred in 2014 when thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central American countries showed up at the Mexican border.

The White House says the raids represent the administration’s top priorities for deportation, especially people with criminal convictions and those caught crossing the border illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the federal government’s actions and called the raids necessary to deter immigrants from illegally entering the U.S.

“As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration,” Johnson said last week. “If you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values.”

Latino leaders and Clinton’s primary rivals, have criticized the administration, calling on the president to immediately stop the operations.

 

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