“Deeply concerned”

Democrat senators call on Obama to stop deportation of women and children

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After a multi-state raid lead to the deportation of Central American families earlier this month, almost half of all Democratic senators have urged President Barack Obama to stop raids against immigrant women and children. Twenty-two “deeply concerned” senators expressed “serious reservations” about ongoing immigration raids in a letter that called the situation a “humanitarian and refugee crisis,” not just a border security or immigration matter. The senators asked that those fleeing violence from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras be granted temporary right to remain in the United States. Women and children are largely among those fleeing such violence-prone areas, and those being deported once in the U.S.

“Targeting families contradicts the administration’s repeated commitment to focus its enforcement resources on removing felons not families,” the letter said. “Given the particular risks faced by these mothers and children, the tactic of using widely publicized, aggressive removal operations – often in the wee hours of the morning – is shocking and misguided.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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