In a Friday night rally attended by at least 11,000 adoring fans in Tucson, Arizona, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders skewered Donald Trump for what he described as racist vote-baiting, praised undocumented immigrants, slammed gun law loopholes and called for increasing the federal minimum wage.
The campaign event was the second the socialist-leaning senator has held in the red state of Arizona. An event in Phoenix in July drew an equally large crowd. At this one, the Vermont senator made several campaign promises:
Expanding paths to citizenship
After clearly criticizing Republican frontrunner Trump for calling undocumented immigrants from Mexico criminals and rapists, Sanders said he supports expanding a federal immigration policy that exempts people who entered the country before their 16th birthday from deportation. He said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, should also exempt parents of legal citizens. In addition, Sanders said he wasn’t opposed to using executive orders to fix a broken immigration system.