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Rep. Sanchez: Illegal Immigrant Children Are ‘Refugees’ Who Are Not Receiving ‘Due Process’

Children of Immigrants

By Jose R. Gonzales


Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) backed away from arguing that the federal government should not enforce the nation’s immigration laws, instead calling illegal immigrant children “refugees” who are “not getting the due process that is afforded to them under our laws.”

Sanchez, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made the statement after asked her: “If deporting illegal immigrants is wrong, what kind of federal immigration laws should be observed?” following a press briefing Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

“We are not arguing against enforcing immigration law. We are arguing that this is a refugee …”

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