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Go and just ask the folks that just received notice that they are going to get laid off by General Motors, or ask the many folks who are sleeping on the streets in big cities and small towns across the United States, or ask fast-food workers that I joined a couple of weeks ago that are working for minimum wage and can't provide for their families or pay the rent.
Let's be very clear, the reason that they're separating these little children from their families is that they're using Section 1325 of that act, which criminalizes coming across the border to incarcerate the parents and then separate them. Some of us on this stage have called to end that section, to terminate it. Some, like Congressman O'Rourke, have not. And I want to challenge all of the candidates to do that.
I've said that if under our Constitution that we compensate if take their property, why wouldn't we compensate people who were considered property and sanctioned by the state ? i believe that for the black community, for the white community, for every other American -- that it is important to address that original sin, and until we do we may feel like we're moving forward as one nation, but I don't think that we ever will.
When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words : I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.
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