White House defends deportations after Democratic complaints
The White House on Friday defended its deportation policy after complaints from Democratic party that a sweep targeting Central American illegal immigrants is inhumane.
U.S. immigration officials in California plan a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally.
In 2014, a wave of children fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala surged across the U.S. border, inflaming the debate over how to deal with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
The planned new raids are in response to a renewed surge of illegal entries by Central American women traveling with their children.
On Thursday, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton reiterated her concerns about the new plans.
"I'm against large-scale raids that tear families apart and sow fear in communities," Clinton said.
I personally do believe in securing our borders, because the practical reality is, we can't take them all. And given that South America is on fire, yes, there will be an exodus if we were to be soft on borders.
But I do believe we need to find a path to citizenship for the ones who are already here. They are part of our fabric and they are not going anywhere. What's the point of throwing them underground ? They are not going to simply move back just because the government is deporting some people. We simply don't have the resources to deport all of them. We need a more humane and practical approach.