Bernie Sanders: US would never recover from 'stain' of deporting 'Dreamers'

Bernie Sanders: US would never recover from 'stain' of deporting 'Dreamers'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMichael Bennet 'encouraged' in possible presidential bid: report House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the United States would never recover from the “stain” of deporting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who are often called "Dreamers."

During a Sunday show interview, Sanders said their deportations would be “one of the ugliest stains” in American history.

“If we allow Trump to get away with what he did, and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if these 800,000 people, young people, are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States,” Sanders told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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The Vermont lawmaker’s remarks come as the Democratic Party, which Sanders caucuses with, pushes for a legislative fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE said last year he would rescind the program, which shields certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation, but provided Congress with a window of time to craft a legislative fix.

That legislation was part of talks to fund the government. The Senate failed to reach a deal over a short-term funding bill by a midnight deadline on Friday, leading to the government shutdown. 

Should the U.S. deport the immigrants, Sanders said the country will “never recover.”

“Young people who know no other country than this country, who came here at 2 or 3 years of age, to now be subjected to deportation would be a stain that this country would never recover from,” Sanders said.