Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllenBy Mark Hosenball and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families. The Washington Post first reported on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security was considering launching the crackdown in January. Government sources, who asked not to be identified, said on Thursday the campaign by DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) marks an expansion from mostly targeting individuals to pursuing families with undocumented members.

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