Sanders starts petition against surge in deportations
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report MORE is taking a tough stance against the Obama administration's plan to begin a surge in deportations of illegal immigrants with a new petition sent to supporters Saturday.

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In an email, Sanders mentions his father, who immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1921, and said thousands of women and children have fled Latin America over the last several years.

"Sending women and children back into harm's way after they already fled horrendous violence in Central America is painful and inhumane, and must be stopped," the email reads.

The petition asks President Obama to "protect families by extending Temporary Protective Status for those who fled from Central America."

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Obama administration is planning a new wave of deportation raids in May and June focused on recently immigrated women and children.

Sanders and Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE immediately spoke out against the plan.