Republicans drive wedge into Democratic coalition with bill threatening deportations for assaulting police officers

More than 50 Democrats crossed party lines to support a bill that would allow officials to deport any illegal immigrant who assaults a police officer.

The vote points to troubles Democrats and President Joe Biden have when it comes to addressing immigration policies, with the president’s approval rating for handling the matter at an all-time low.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) introduced the Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act, which would cement the Republican Party’s law and order policies and force vulnerable Democrats to take a hard vote. Van Drew left the Democratic Party in 2020 over his disagreement with the party regarding the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) arrives to speak before former President Donald
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