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Elizabeth Warren Offers Plan to Decriminalize Migration, Probe Trump Abuse

  • Democratic candidate presents sweeping pro-immigration vision
  • She proposes to limit detentions and welcome 175,000 refugees
Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth WarrenPhotographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Elizabeth Warren on Thursday rolled out a plan to “decriminalize” immigration violations, welcome more refugees and focus enforcement on security threats, offering a pro-immigration vision in sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s restrictive focus.

The Democratic presidential candidate said the Trump administration’s harsh treatment of asylum-seeking migrants -- including the separation of undocumented children and parents at the border -- was based on a law, known as Section 1325, that imposes criminal penalties for improperly entering the U.S. She called for repealing the provision and said she’d use executive power to reduce its enforcement as president.