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Martin O'Malley Goes Against White House On Child Deportations

07/11/2014 06:59 pm ET | Updated Jul 12, 2014
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) issued a direct contradiction to the White House's policies on child deportations on Friday.

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it would seek $3.7 billion to deal with the influx of undocumented children near the border of the United States and Mexico. Much of that money will be spent on carrying out deportations.

According to Politico, O'Malley said:

We are not a country that should send children away and send them back to certain death. I believe that we should be guided by the greatest power we have as a people, and that is the power of our principles. Through all of our great world religions, we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity.

President Obama has reaffirmed his commitment this year to passing comprehensive immigration reform. However, some advocates claim that this new policy is only making things worse for immigrants.

O'Malley is reportedly considering a run for president in 2016. Earlier this year, he announced that a jail in Baltimore would not necessarily cooperate with feds on deportations, as most jails do.

As CNN points out, likely 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton has offered a vastly different approach to the border crisis.

"Just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay. They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are."

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