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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Murray Calls Trump Immigration Policy 'Very Wrongheaded'

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Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
In a visit to Olympia on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray called President Trump's immigration policy ''very wrongheaded'' and called for comprehensive immigration reform.

This week, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security announced an aggressive plan to deport people who are in the United States illegally and who run afoul of the law.

On a visit to Olympia on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray described the policy as “very wrongheaded.”

Murray, a Democrat, said what’s needed is comprehensive immigration reform. Instead, she said President Trump is inviting chaos with his approach.

“Tearing families apart, hurting our economy, leaving people living in the shadows,” Murray said.

The president’s spokesman said it’s about allowing immigration agents to “enforce the laws of the country.” But Murray said Trump’s policy will hurt families and the economy and that she is “deeply worried about its implementation.”

Under the president’s plan, minor criminal offenses as well as misuse of public benefits could subject someone to deportation.

Murray said her staff is working with Washington residents who might be affected by the new Homeland Security rules.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."