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ICE arrested fewer people in 2019 as focus shifted to the border

ICE agents detain someone.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested fewer people this fiscal year, as the agency shifted its priorities to the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency announced Wednesday.

By the numbers: ICE officers arrested approximately 143,000 undocumented immigrants in fiscal year 2019, nearly 13,000 fewer than the year prior. The agency deported more than 267,000 people — an increase from FY 2018. The number of people apprehended or not admitted at the border, meanwhile, increased by 68% from the previous fiscal year.

Joe Manchin says he's torn on voting to convict Trump in Senate trial

Joe Manchin.
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told CNN on Wednesday that he's "very much torn" on voting to convict President Trump in a Senate impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Manchin, a moderate representing West Virginia, is widely regarded as among the most likely senators to defect from fellow Democrats in a potential vote to remove Trump from office.

Biden told Senate Democrat he would "serve two terms if necessary"

Joe Biden talks into a microphone with a finger raised.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden told Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) that he would "serve two terms, if necessary" in response to a Politico article suggesting he had signaled he would only serve a single term if elected president, CNN's Ali Zaslav said Wednesday.

Background: Biden, who would be 81 years old by the 2024 election, has grappled with addressing his age and sharpness throughout his campaign. He has considered making a public pledge binding himself to just one term, per Politico, but aides fear such a promise could drain his political capital upon entering office.