Sanders Says Those Who Break Asylum Laws Shouldn’t Be Deported, Calls Trump’s Plan ‘Politically Motivated’

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) condemned the Trump administration’s plan to begin deporting those who broke U.S. asylum laws because he believes the action is “politically motivated.”

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he would begin deporting illegal immigrants as part of his efforts to deter more migrants from traveling from the United States and abusing the asylum process to stay in the country beyond their court date.

On Sunday, however, the president tweeted that he has agreed to delay the deportations for two weeks to give Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) some motivation to change the asylum laws in the U.S.

During an interview on “Face the Nation,” Sanders told host Margaret Brennan that he doesn’t agree with deporting illegal immigrants, even though they have clearly broken U.S. laws.

“It’s absolutely not appropriate,” Sanders said.

Watch Sanders’ interview:

Brennan: Specifically on this point, the 2,000 who are supposed to be targeted haven’t should be up for court dates. Essentially they’re not following the asylum process, the legal standard when they’re here. So, should they be prosecuted? Should they be deported?

Sanders: I don’t like this deportation thing, at all. I think Trump uses this as a beginning to do worse things to come. Trump thinks that he can win reelection, and this is his political game, it’s not an accident that he announced this at the same time he went through his announcement that he was seeking reelection.

Sanders admitted that he believes that Trump’s action on immigration is “purely politically motivated” and an attempt to “divide the American people up.”

“I do. And I think — Look, it’s not to say we don’t have a serious problem, but there are ways for serious people to deal with serious immigration problems. It is a problem. But what he is doing, and this is his entire political strategy, is to divide the American people up.”

While Sanders may think the deportations are politically motivated, Trump deportation decision is part of an extended series of executive branch actions to curb the flow of migrants into the United States.

As IJR previously reported, Border Patrol has witnessed record numbers of migrants arriving at the border. Despite the overwhelmed immigration system, Congress has failed to pass any significant legislation — including funding — to address the crisis at the border.

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Otis
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Good thing the Sociopathocrats aren’t ‘politically’ motivated or who who knows what might happen.

James
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Typical of Commie Bernie to double speak: (1) Yes, there is an immigration problem (2) Trump is trying to fix it for political gain. IF there is an immigration problem (which there definitely is); WHAT have the supporters of open borders according to George Soros done to fix the problem? NOTHING!! Because Trump wants to fix the problem and they ALL hate Trump simply for beating out their sickly, socially, mentally and physically unfit, foul mouthed radical female from NY in the 2016 elections. NOTHING will be done about the immigration problem unless and until Trump takes it upon himself… Read more »

Lona Boksay
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Lona Boksay

I’m weary of all you Dummicrats saying Trump is doing everything as political motives…. it’s all Dummicrats doing the same so you can bamboozle voters rights to the illegals for DNC rolls. Who do you think you are fooling? Call a spade a spade. You could care less about security, economics, safety to American citizens, etc. as long as you get majority votes. Call it as it is.
Enough already. Dummies are really dividing this country, and constantly thinking of what next to do to harass the President. STOP IT ALREADY!!!!!

Karen
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Karen

you’ve got three houses Bernie, give the illegals two of your houses. you notice these freeloaders didn’t head to Venezuela. heck no. everybody is going north to UNCLE SUCKER .next stop the welfare line!!!!!!

Screwtape
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Hey Bernie, how about if I take one of your properties and declare asylum? How ’bout I declare you must feed me, clothe me, and provide my medical care while I’m “asylumming” in your house? I demand wi-fi too.

Changes things doesn’t it, you useless, wannabe-Commie hypocrite.

Screwtape
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I agree with Bernie. They shouldn’t be deported. Just exported back where they came from while their BS cases (over 90%) waste our time and dollars. Gee, it’s not like that money might help schools, vets, or repairing our infrastructure. Better choice: ask them to offer up their own for organs and nutrients (to feed them). Let them buy their way in with sacrifices to their new god, Uncle Sugar. (future archeologists may say it’s actually pronounced “Sucker”) Central American has a history and culture of human sacrifice and cannibalism so it’s multicultural appreciation. q.v. the Incas, Aztecs, Mayas, etc.… Read more »

Screwtape
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“Politically motivated” you Commie? Like your “open borders and freebies” isn’t?

Sure, you Larry David lookalike. It’s definitely political. There’s this thing called The Constitution.

I’d bet good money you will never volunteer a single one of your multiple properties to house any of these people, but I have no takers because they know you’re useless AND will never sacrifice for your own beliefs.

william jackson
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“Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) condemned the Trump administration’s plan to begin deporting those who broke U.S. asylum laws because he believes the action is “politically motivated.” What a bunch of Pelosi.

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