Democratic candidates criticize rumored deportation plan

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President Obama’s administration is under constant pressure after announcing this Thursday that the Homeland Security department is planning to intensify the deportation plan targeted to undocumented immigrants coming from Central America.

Starting with 2014, a wave of people, including unaccompanied children, started coming from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Currently, U.S. government sources confirmed that they have already started preparations for detaining and deporting families that have been ordered to leave.

Illegal immigrants, the main target

According to The Huffington Post, the Department of Homeland Security is considering to start the deportation plan in January 2016. The campaign, started by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement marks an expansion from mostly targeting individuals to pursuing families who have members without documents, says the same source.

Like expected, the Democratic candidates are totally against the deportation plan, some of them even expressing their opinions. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, said in a statement: “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.”

Hillary Clinton also discussed the issue, claiming that she has “real concerns” about the deportation plan, her campaign adding that she “believes it is critical that everyone has a full and fair hearing”. Also, the Homeland Security department should “provide refuge to those that need it.”

Hillary Clinton, highly criticized by fellow Democrat party members

Still, despite these declarations, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, sent a tweet saying that “Holiday plans for raids to round up/deport Central American refugees fleeing death are wrong. We are a better nation than this.”

Currently, a lot of people from Central America are seeking asylum in the United States of America, claiming that their governments can’t protect them from domestic or drug-related violence.