2020 Democrats paint contrast with Trump on immigration

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates promised major changes to U.S. immigration law Thursday, contrasting their ideas to the hardline policies of President Donald Trump during a forum with Latino political activists in Milwaukee.

The White House hopefuls gathered as Trump’s detention policies have sparked fierce Democratic pushback and intense public debate. They uniformly panned Trump’s approach to immigration on a day when the president abandoned his contentious effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew one of the biggest audience reactions of the night when asked about the issue.

"Wow, he’s going to follow the law?" Warren said to laughter and applause. "This is not about trying to find real information about citizenship and noncitizenship in America. This is just about trying to stir up some more hate."

The other candidates at the forum hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens included former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Castro promised his administration would not put families in detention centers for crossing the U.S. border illegally.

"I will not stand by it. I’m not going to do it," he said. He said children who are being crowded in pens, away from their parents "are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives."

Castro said his immigration plan would also address veterans who have been deported after serving in the military.

"One of the things I call for is to immediately ensure that veterans who have been deported can come back to the United States and pursue citizenship in the United States because they served our country honorably," he said. "They did their duty for our country. We owe them a debt of...

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