During a spat with presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over what to do withthousands of migrant children fleeing Central America, Hillary Clinton said on Thursday it was important to make it loud and clear why they shouldn’t bother coming.
“I made it very clear that those children needed to be processed appropriately," Clinton said at the PBS Newshour Democratic debate. "But we also had to send a message to families and communities in Central America not to send their children on this dangerous journey in the hands of smugglers.”
The courts have found the blanket policy of “sending a message,” however, constitutionally deficient. The term is government-speak for general deterrence -- using detention, deportation and other practices against children and families with the goal of dissuading other children and families from fleeing their countries and coming to the U.S.
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