(Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young) Democratic Presidential candidates on Thursday voiced their concerns about the recent announcement by the Obama administration about intensifying the deportation of Central American immigrants by rounding up all undocumented families.
According to Reuters, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is considering starting the rounding-up in January ever since a surge of unaccompanied children and families arrived from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The federal government is expected to start detain and deport as soon as next month, families that have already been ordered to leave.
The campaign by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement will mark an expansion from the individual targeting that has been the practice up until now, to focus more on rounding up entire families with undocumented immigrants.
According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democrat Presidential nomination issued a statement that she has “real concerns about these reports and it is critical that everyone has a full and fair hearing and that our country provides refuge to those that need it.” Her spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said “Hillary has real concerns about these reports, especially as families are coming together during this holiday season. We should be guided by a spirit of humanity and generosity as we approach these issues.”
Clinton’s main rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has also issued a statement in which he says “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.”
Republicans on the other hand are happy to seal the borders and deport all illegal immigrants. Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination caused a controversy when he announced his White House campaign by stating that Mexico is sending rapists and criminals to the United States and he pledged to build a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States to keep immigrants out.
According to Reuters, Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who is a chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee said “The primary solution to reducing this ongoing crisis is to eliminate the incentive that results from allowing 95.6 percent of these illegal immigrants to stay – by humanely and expeditiously returning them to their home countries.”
A lot of the immigrants are seeking asylum into the United State because they claim that their governments are not protecting their civil liberties from domestic and drug related violence.
Hispanic-Americans have become a force in American politics and lean to the Democratic Party, which is why Democrats hope for big turnout in the November 2016 Elections.