WASHINGTON (AP) – Twenty-two Democratic senators want President Barack Obama to halt deportation raids.
It’s another break between the party and the administration over its handling of Central American immigrants.
The senators wrote in a letter Friday that the raids were targeting mothers and children who face threats of violence and death when they are returned to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They called the tactics “shocking and misguided” and rejected administration arguments that the highly publicized raids would deter additional immigrants from fleeing the region to the U.S.
The 22 senators comprise nearly half of all Democrats in the Senate. Among those signing were No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The raids have already drawn criticism from most House Democrats and presidential contender Hillary Clinton.