Bernie Sanders calls for Trump's 'disastrous' immigration policy to be 'abolished'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBoogeywomen — GOP vilifies big-name female Dems RealClearPolitics editor: Moderate Democrats are losing even when they win Sanders tests his brand in Florida MORE (I-Vt.) condemned the Trump administration for it’s “disastrous” immigration policy, calling Wednesday for it to be "abolished."

“What you have right now is an immigration policy that I think most Americans understand is not what this country is about,” Sanders said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blizter. “You don't rip little children away from the arms of their mother. You don’t leave 1.8 million kids eligible for DACA subject to deportation," he added, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy seeks prosecution for any adult crossing the southern border illegally, and has led to the separation of hundreds of migrant families.  

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy last month, stating that the changes would help deter future immigrants from attempting the journey to the United States. 

After being dealt considerable backlash from the public over the policy, Trump signed an executive order allowing families to be detained together, while keeping the "zero tolerance" approach in place.

“The major issue is having an immigration system which is effective, which means comprehensive immigration reform. It means protecting the DACA people,” Sanders went on to say about the administration's current position on immigration.

“It means moving the citizenship for the 10 million people who are undocumented,” the former presidential candidate added. “That by the way, Wolf, is not what Bernie Sanders believe, that is what the America people believe and wanna see happen.”

Sanders's remarks come just days after 17 states and Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the separations of migrant families at the border.