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) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states 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 TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate 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.