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Could an Elizabeth Warren Administration Really Prosecute Trump Immigration Officials?

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President Donald Trump speaks during his visit to U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas, on January 10th, 2019.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is promising that if elected president next year, she will empower a commission to hold the United States accountable for crimes committed against immigrants under the Trump administration. The Constitution grants the White House far-reaching powers in matters of immigration and border control, but those wouldn’t theoretically stop a Warren administration from holding Trump officials accountable for their treatment of immigrants, legal experts warn.

“On my first day, I will empower a commission in the Department of Justice to investigate crimes committed by the United States against immigrants,” the Democratic 2020 presidential ticket hopeful told a convention of progressive political activists, Netroots Nation, in Philadelphia on Saturday. “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.”

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