Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton intervened on Monday in the immigration raids issue and called for an end to the Obama administration’s action, claiming that the policy is creating “unnecessary fear and disruption”, says Huffington Post.
Raids are harmful for targeted families, says Clinton
Targeting Central American families that are illegal in the States, the immigration raids are doing more harm than good in Clinton’s opinion. “Our immigration enforcement efforts should be humane and conducted in accordance with due process, and that is why I believe we must stop the raids happening in immigrant communities.”, stated the Democratic front-runner. Hillary Clinton added that the presence of armed men at people’s doors is bringing only chaos in the immigrant communities.
“We have laws and we must be guided by those laws, but we shouldn’t have armed federal officers showing up at peoples’ homes, taking women and children out of their beds in the middle of the night. The raids have sown fear and division in immigrant communities across the country.”
Her rivals for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, stood by her side and also blamed the immigration raids policy, confirms Reuters.
The Democratic front-runner will do her best to protect immigrants’ kids
Still, during the Iowa Black & Brown Presidential Forum airing on Fusion Monday evening, moderator Jorge Ramos repeatedly asked Clinton a question that she tried so hard to avoid: If she would not deport children. “I can promise that I will do everything possible to provide due process”, was Clinton’s answer.
Despite this interventions from the Democratic candidates and criticism from immigration activists and Democratic lawmakers, the White House announced that immigration raids program will still develop as scheduled. “At this point, our policy will remain the same”, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday, according to the Huffington Post.