Elizabeth Warren Vows to Decriminalize Illegal Border Crossings If Elected President

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is following in the footsteps of some of her fellow Democrats in calling for the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.

Today, if an individual crosses the border illegally, they can be detained because it is a criminal offense to do so. If Warren has her way, an illegal border crossing would be treated as a misdemeanor and the individual would just be issued a citation, similar to a speeding ticket.

This could drastically change the situation at the border because border patrol would no longer have grounds to detain illegal immigrants unless they have committed an additional crime, such as drug trafficking.

Warren told Huff Post:

“We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future. We must pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with our values, creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants including our DREAMers, and protects our borders.”

The senator isn’t the first to make this proposal. Her fellow 2020 Democrat and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced his plan to decriminalize illegal border crossings shortly after announcing his candidacy.

At the time, Warren refused to commit to Castro’s idea but said she “admired” his work and was “very interested” in learning more about it.

As IJR previously reported, several prominent Republicans including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Congressman Dan Crenshaw strongly condemned Castro’s plan to decriminalize border crossings.

Paxton went as far as claiming that it could “cost lives.” Crenshaw’s response was more restrained, but he argued that Castro’s position was proof that the Democrats were the party of “open borders.”

Warren’s support for decriminalization has legitimized Crenshaw’s concerns that major Democrats were backing relaxed border security proposals. She was hit with many of the same criticisms Castro faced.

For now, it isn’t clear how many other 2020 Democrats will follow in the footsteps of Castro and Warren, though Warren’s position in the polls shows that decriminalization is becoming a widely supported idea within the party.

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Steve
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Steve

What kind of stupid is she?

Todd
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Todd

Elizabeth Warren which part of the House and Senate that made it illegal presidents do not make laws she is full of crap when she speaks of how she can change the law when she’s president she obviously doesn’t know what the job of the president is the president’s job is to enforce the laws that congress make and to enforce the Constitution nothing more. So for those of you who think this is the president’s policies laws thoughts ideas are very stupid and probably believe the news that they see on TV

Linda K
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The Dems will do anything for the immigrants. They cry for them and complain about caging the children. But, they are all for abortions, even up to birth for Americans. What is wrong with this picture?

Bonnie Keever
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That is why as a registered Democrat I will not be voting Democrat Trump 20/20

Pat Warnock
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What a great losing election slogan!

Tracy
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American with a family breaks the law, they go to jail. This is family separation.

Democrat is another way to spell stupid.

Tracy
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The field of democrats running for President are just flakes. Give aways better known as buying votes or getting votes with pie in the sky programs.
Democrat party= Victim Factory
If you don’t fit a category they will create one for you.

They don’t care about Americans.
Hate rich people. BS

Karin Callaway
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“We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future. We must pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with our values, creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants including our DREAMers, and protects our borders.” Candidate Warren Statement. But it is ok to murder American Babies from the womb to the full birth. Talk about double standards? This is the most egregious thing that any human being (regardless of their perceived background) could possibly state. And she is a leader? Not even eligible to be characterized… Read more »

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