- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s two U.S. Democratic senators want President Barack Obama to halt deportation raids targeting Central American women and children.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote Obama on Wednesday they were concerned how the administration was focusing on such families instead of using resources to deport criminals.

The senators urged Obama to temporarily suspend immigration removal actions against children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras until questions about due process could be addressed.

It’s another break between Democrats and the administration over its handling of Central American immigrants.

Last month, 22 senators wrote Obama that the raids were “shocking and misguided” and rejected administration arguments that the highly publicized raids would deter additional immigrants from fleeing the region to the U.S.

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