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DACA Vote Creates Midterm Election Dilemma for Republican Legislators Facing Primary Challenges

DACA Vote Creates Midterm Election Dilemma for Republican Legislators Facing Primary Challenges

President Trump said on Tuesday that proposed legislation designed to trade off legal status for 800,000 illegals who have obtained temporary work permits under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in return for greater immigration control and border security “should be a bill of love.”

On Thursday, news broke verifying that concern when Breitbart News reported a memo was leaked from a prominent “left-wing organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund [which] admits that passing an amnesty for the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is ‘a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.

Incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), an establishment ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), faces a likely challenge from State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party favorite who narrowly lost a 2014 primary runoff election to Sen. Thad Cochran, another McConnell ally.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., distanced himself from President Donald Trump on several prominent policy issues in an interview with NBC News Monday, saying he opposes a government shutdown in order to secure funding for a border wall, does not support potential changes to protections for undocumented children and disagrees with the president’s pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In Tennessee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) holds a substantial lead over former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) in the most recent poll of likely Republican primary voters, 58 percent to 11 percent in a state that Donald Trump won by 26 points and where likely Republican primary voters continue to support him by an 88 percent to 10 percent margin.

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