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Republican leader who condemned Steve King’s racism sends anti-immigrant newsletter

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A Republican congresswoman who was the first in her caucus to condemn Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his virulent racism is encouraging fellow GOP members to play up violent crimes committed by immigrants in a recent newsletter.

The Intercept reported that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the chair of the House Republican Conference, sent a newsletter Friday full of anti-immigrant talking points — just under a month after she called King’s apparent endorsement of white supremacy “abhorrent and racist.”

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In the newsletter obtained by The Intercept, Cheney gave her caucus “a messaging update that compiled immigrant crimes by date and congressional district” meant to give members leverage against Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for opposing Donald Trump’s border wall.

“Speaker Pelosi made one thing clear during the government shutdown: she doesn’t care about the tragic consequences of illegal immigration on American families,” the House Republican Caucus chair wrote.

Under the subheading “The Democrats’ far-left immigration agenda has tragic real-world consequences,” the newsletter details crimes with immigrant perpetrators spanning back two decades.

The Intercept noted that the document in the House GOP newsletter “mirrors” Trump tweets “linking crimes committed by immigrants to the need to expand the wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.”

You can read the entire email below, via The Intercept.

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