Dem senator: Government has 'no business' deporting immigrants who have been in US for years

Dem senator: Government has 'no business' deporting immigrants who have been in US for years
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers On The Money: Mnuchin, Powell differ over how soon economy will recover | Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress | IRS chief pledges to work on tax code's role in racial wealth disparities IRS chief pledges to work with Congress on examining tax code's role in racial wealth disparities MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policy, arguing the government has “no business” deporting immigrants who have been in the United States for years.

“It’s terrible when we are taking immigrants who have been here 10 or 15 years and working hard, paying their taxes, active in their church, active in communities, parents, and we throw them out of this country,” Brown told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

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“We have no business doing that. That inhumane policy coming from administration is just part and parcel of what he’s been for the last seven months,” he added.

Brown said he wants to work with lawmakers across the aisle like Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE (R-Fla.) to develop immigration policy, but he maintained his position that President Trump’s proposed border wall “is ludicrous.”

"I stand for a strong immigration policy because I want to see us bipartisanly do what we tried to do a few years ago,” he said.

Brown is up for reelection in 2018 in a state Trump won by an overwhelming margin during the 2016 presidential race.