By Olivia Beavers
February 19, 2017
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in an interview Sunday blasted President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, saying it amounts to "mass deportation where you indiscriminately pursue any immigrant.”
Menendez said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he is concerned that all undocumented immigrants are being pursued, rather than those with a criminal record, whose deportation he supports.
"Anyone who is found in an undocumented status would ultimately be apprehended and deported, with due process totally eroded under the proposals that I'm hearing about,” Menendez said.
Menendez also argued that large-scale deportations will "affect every element of our society and our economic sector" and lead to cases in which "U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents [are] being unlawfully detained, in violation of their constitutional rights."
While the U.S. government said the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids rounded up at least 683 “criminal aliens," other reports say immigrants with no criminal records were detained as well.
Menendez also said he hopes Trump is committed to accommodating the so-called "Dreamers," undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
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