On Saturday, President Trump’s official reelection campaign released a provocative new ad that claimed Democrats are somehow “complicit” in murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The ad advances the some in the Republican party’s false narrative that immigrants pose an especially dangerous and criminal threat, and lands amid a federal government shutdown because lawmakers have been unable to strike a spending deal. The impasse is immigration — Republicans and Democrats are stuck in a standoff over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Democratic and some Republican senators voted against a short-term spending bill on Friday to force urgency around immigration negotiations and a DACA fix.
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