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Condemning Trump’s ‘Racist Attacks on Immigrants,’ Sanders Calls for Bans on Mass Raids and For-Profit Detention Centres

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

In a major immigration speech in Nevada on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned President Donald Trump’s ongoing “dehumanization of undocumented people” and outlined his alternative agenda, which calls for an end to mass immigration raids and a ban on for-profit detention centres.

“The time is long overdue for us to stand up and to tell this president and his Republican allies that we will no longer tolerate demagogic and frankly racist attacks on immigrants,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told the crowd gathered at Martin Middle School in Las Vegas.

Sanders went on to call for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a “pathway to citizenship” for undocumented people, “immediately” grant permanent legal status to Dreamers, and bring to an end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“America must never be a nation in which babies are snatched from the arms of their mothers,” Sanders said.

Watch the Vermont senator’s full speech:


This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. It is shared under a creative commons license.


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Outsider in the White House

By Bernie Sanders

The political autobiography of the insurgent presidential candidate

Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency of the United States has galvanized people all over the country, putting economic, racial, and social justice into the spotlight, and raising hopes that Americans can take their country back from the billionaires and change the course of history.

In this book, Sanders tells the story of a passionate and principled political life. He describes how, after cutting his teeth in the Civil Rights movement, he helped build a grassroots political movement in Vermont, making it possible for him to become the first independent elected to the US House of Representatives in forty years. The story continues into the US Senate and through the dramatic launch of his presidential campaign.


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