Democratic presidential contenders and human-rights organizations are lashing out at President Obama’s decision to deport more undocumented immigrants, Reuters reported.
Beginning next month, the Homeland Security Department plans to arrest and send home families that have previously been ordered to leave the country, according to The Washington Post. Unidentified sources told the newspaper that the department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are shifting their focus from individual migrants to families.
Administration officials explained that the move is in response to the growing number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, declared: “Our nation has always been a beacon of hope, a refuge for the oppressed. … We need to take steps to protect children and families seeking refuge here, not cast them out.”
Another Democratic candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, tweeted: “Holiday plans for raids to round up/deport Central American refugees fleeing death are wrong. We are a better nation than this.” Hillary Clinton did not respond to media requests for comment, according to Reuters.
The news service pointed out that many of the immigrants traveled to the United States to find refuge from violence in their home countries.
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