Trump rejects bipartisan immigration deal, denies controversial remark

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "Our country is better than this".

That Republican said there were several hang-ups in the meeting, including whether thousands of immigrants into the USA from countries that have suffered disasters, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti should continue to receive temporary protected status. The Obama-era program has protected those without documentation who were brought here as children.

In September the administration also revoked temporary status for people from Sudan.

Complicating the talks, Republicans on Wednesday released a flurry of new legislation created to placate concerns of conservatives wary of a potential bipartisan deal - and to address the fate of hundreds of thousands of other people living in the country under temporary legal protection. "Come here, poor, uneducated, but with a desire to work and improve and you can do it, and we will work with you to do it".

The proposal presented by the bipartisan Gang of Six was a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children - beyond just those who were enrolled in DACA when it ended, according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the meeting.

The White House called the injunction "outrageous", and the Justice Department has said it will appeal.

There was no mention at that time of the language that sources said Trump had used, details of which were soon leaked.


A bipartisan group of six senators announced Thursday they had reached an agreement "in principle" on an immigration deal that would address the fate of more than 800,000 DACA recipients and other key immigration reform issues outlined by President Donald Trump. "[The border wall] was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".

In 2013, 54 Senate Democrats voted to build the wall, end the diversity visa lottery, double the number of border agents, and move toward a merit-based immigration system. Republicans should say no to ultra-conservatives who want all illegal immigrants removed. I want safety and security for our people. "I think people are attaching them in their minds as far as leverage is concerned, but they won't be technically attached as far as legislation is concerned".

"Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards", Trump added.

The bipartisan group had spent months meeting and crafting their bill and while it was long-expected to find resistance among restrictionist immigration types, more moderate Republicans on immigration had tried to make the case to the President that it was - Flake put it - the only game in town.

After going to the White House to present the proposal, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters he hoped the meeting would lead to "a breakthrough" on immigration.

"The president agreed we ought to do it in two phases because we have an emergency", House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Wednesday of the March 5 deadline for DACA expiration. "But if House Speaker Paul Ryan and the hard right in the House of Representatives coalesce behind U.S. Rep". And this could offer Democrats a way to get a great deal of what they want. Many Americans, both conservatives and liberals, think the so-called "dreamers" ought to be allowed to stay in the United States. It included a path to citizenship for Dreamers, funds for enhanced border security - some of which could have been used for a wall - and changes to the program that distributes via lottery small numbers of visas to nations with low rates of immigration. Not to mention, numerous most conservative members may never get comfortable with any bill that gives hundreds of thousands of immigrants - even if they entered the country as children - a path to legalization or citizenship, something some members perceive as amnesty.

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