Elizabeth Warren Says U.S. Should Decriminalize Illegal Border Crossings in Democratic Debate

From left, Marianne Williamson, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock take the stage for the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren backed the decriminalization of illegal border crossings while Sen. Bernie Sanders supported giving illegal immigrants free health care during the first night of the Democratic debate Tuesday in Detroit.

Ten candidates participated, led by Sanders (Vt.) and Warren (Mass.), who are second and third, respectively, in Real Clear Politics’ average of polls for the Democratic nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden – who leads the polls – will be in Wednesday night’s lineup.

Immigration was a key issue Tuesday night.

“We need to continue to have border security… but what we can’t do is not live our values,” Warren said. “I’ve been down to the border. I have seen the mothers. I have seen the cages of babies. We must be a country that everyday lives our values. … and one way to fix it is to decriminalize.”

America, she said, needs a “sane system that keeps us safe at the border, but does not criminalize the activity of a mother fleeing here for safety.”

CNN’s Dana Bash asked Sanders if his free health care proposal for illegal immigrants would increase illegal crossings. He said it wouldn’t “because we’ll have strong border protections.”

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