Democratic senator: Trump's immigration policy amounts to 'mass deportation'

Senator Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president More oversight of America’s international media networks a good idea Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems MORE (D-N.J.) in an interview Sunday blasted President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE’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.

--This report was updated at 11:49 a.m.