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 BrownCritics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Trump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 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 RubioOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senators vow to press Turkey sanctions bills despite Pence cease-fire announcement 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.