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Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’

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President Trump on Thursday claimed Democrats “have a death wish,” referring in part to the push from some members to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“The Democrats have a death wish, in more ways than one – they actually want to abolish ICE. This should cost them heavily in the Midterms. Yesterday, the Republicans overwhelmingly passed a bill supporting ICE!” Trump tweeted.

The tweet marked an escalation in rhetoric from the president in his constant attacks on Democrats.

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Trump has targeted Democrats in recent weeks over calls from a small number of liberal lawmakers to get rid of ICE over its role in the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. He has said he believes the issue will cost Democrats in the midterm elections.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are among the prominent Democrats who have said they’d support getting rid of ICE and beginning a new agency from scratch. Other Democrats have declined to go that far, saying some agency is required to enforce immigration laws.

The House on Wednesday approved a GOP resolution expressing support for ICE.

The measure was approved in a 244-35 vote that fell largely on party lines. Eighteen Democrats voted to back ICE, 34 opposed the resolution and 133 voted “present.” One Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), also voted against it.

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