Sanders starts petition against surge in deportations
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war 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 ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE immediately spoke out against the plan.