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Presidential hopeful Warren pledges to probe 'US crimes against immigrants'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Democratic presidential candidate US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a community conversation at the East Las Vegas Community Center on July 2, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

US Democratic presidential hopeful in 2020, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, has vowed to establish a commission to investigate "crimes committed by the United States against immigrants" if she is elected president.

“On my first day, I will empower a commission in the Department of Justice to investigate crimes committed by the United States against immigrants,” Warren announced Saturday at the progressive Netroots Nation conference. 

She went on to accuse US President Donald Trump of looking the other way at abuse of Latin American refugees at the country’s southern borders, but said she will not do so. 

“To anyone out there who’s working in this system, understand you abuse immigrants, you physically abuse immigrants, you sexually abuse immigrants, you fail to get them medical care that they need, you break the law of the United States of America and Donald Trump may be willing to look the other way, but President Elizabeth Warren will not,” the senator further declared. 

Warren also emphasized that we need to treat those who come to the US "with humanity and we need to follow the law."

The liberal lawmaker unveiled her immigration plan this week which included designating a Justice Department task force to probe allegations of medical neglect and physical and sexual assault and "give it independent authority to pursue any substantiated criminal allegations."

"Let there be no ambiguity on this: if you are violating the basic rights of immigrants, now or in the future, a Warren administration will hold you accountable," she wrote in a Medium post. 

Warren is among more than 20 Democratic Party candidates seeking the 2020 presidential nomination amid growing divisions in one of the country’s two dominating political parties. 

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