Feb 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

Buttigieg and Klobuchar in Las Vegas on Feb. 19. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."

What else she's saying:

  • "... when it comes to immigration reform, the things that you are referring to, that official that you are referring to, was supported by about half the Democrats, including someone in this room," she said, adding that he was "highly recommended" by Obama officials.
  • "I'm actually so proud of the work I've done on immigration reform. And you know what, you have not been in the arena doing that work. You've memorized a bunch of talking points," Klobuchar said, to a burst of applause.

Buttigieg hit back: "I'm used to senators telling mayors that senators are more important than mayors."

Flashback: Klobuchar said over the weekend that she has "taken a strong position against" the U.S. adopting an English-language amendment, while promoting her plans for immigration reform on Friday in Las Vegas.

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2020 candidates give glowing praise to Buttigieg as he ends his campaign

Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Feb. 29 event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

As former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced in his hometown that he was suspending his 2020 campaign, many of his former Democratic presidential rivals were lining up to pay tribute to him.

The big picture: Democratic front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Carolina primary winner Joe Biden were among those lauding Buttigieg. Even Sen. Amy Klobuchar — who clashed with Buttigieg over issues including immigration during a fiery Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas last month — had nothing but praise for him.

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Trump wants to charge immigrants $1,000 to legally fight deportation

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The Justice Department wants to dramatically increase fees for immigrants trying to fight deportation— including nearly $1,000 to appeal an immigration judge decision, according to a proposed Executive Office for Immigration Review rule.

Between the lines: It currently costs around $100 for immigrants to begin to legally fight deportation orders. If implemented, the new rule would raise fees to at least $305 and as much as $975, depending on the appeal.

Sanders projected to win Utah Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters after a campaign rally in Salt Lake City. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Utah Democratic primary with 29 delegates at stake, according to AP.

Why it matters: It's Sanders' third victory on a night that has been largely dominated by Joe Biden.