Dems and GOP both see edge in immigration fight

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Dems and GOP both see edge in immigration fight
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., presides over a markup of a bill to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Both Democrats and Republicans think the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress over immigration can help them in November’s congressional elections, and each could be right. The retirement of Royce makes the seat a prime target for Democrats trying to pick up 23 seats in November’s elections, enough to grab House control. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans each want to wield the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress over immigration as a weapon in November’s congressional elections.

Fanned by tweets from President Donald Trump about a crisis on the Mexican border that others reject as manufactured, each party is using immigration to fire up voters in House races across the country. Democrats think it can help them reach minorities, young people and suburban moderates repelled by Trump’s strident anti-immigrant stances, while Republicans are using promises to crack down on immigration to energize their conservative political base.

Democrats are using the issue to emphasize inclusivity and are targeting border regions, suburbs and areas with immigrant populations. Republicans plan to make immigration a law-and-order issue that appeals to conservatives throughout the U.S