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As Immigration Debate Wears on, Minnesota Dreamers Weigh In on DACA

As Immigration Debate Wears on, Minnesota Dreamers Weigh In on DACA

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) confirmation that Trump used the naughty words may suggest Democrat leadership in the Senate isn't interest in striking a deal with Trump.

"If my parents brought me to a country.to try and improve my life, I probably would say, 'Thank you, ' to my parents and hope I got to stay", the lawmaker from Jonesboro said.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who has denied Donald Trump used the word 'shithole, ' with Trump last August.

Nielsen said that Trump is simply advocating a merit-based immigration system, similar to those in Canada and Australia.

The White House meeting between President Trump and lawmakers on immigration issues that took place live on television Tuesday seems to have hurt Trump's cause.

A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. The administration said at the time it did not have the authority to administer the program and it was up to Congress to make it law.

Durbin said after the Oval Office meeting that Trump's words to the senators were "vile, hate-filled and clearly racial in their content".

Trump commented as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.

Trump, who has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, announced previous year that he will end the program unless Congress comes up with a solution by March.

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When it came to the issue of "chain migration", I said to the president: "Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?" But as one aide told me bluntly: "We're in the midst of a high stakes game of chicken - and nobody knows how this is going to end four days from now". "Why don't we get more people from Norway?'" Durbin said.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, struck a deal between themselves that called for a generous pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, gave less than 10 percent of his border wall and a slim reduction - if any - in chain migration. Graham also attended the meeting. Add it all up and you find that nearly six in 10 people would blame either Republicans or Trump if the government shut down.

Asked about charges of racism for his alleged slur, Trump said: "I'm not a racist. Where we are is trying to find a real solution", Gardner said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Trump insisted in a tweet on Friday that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". But activist groups said they'll still push Friday's deadline for action or a shutdown.

Trump has defended himself against accusations of being a racist on numerous occasions, including during his insistence that President Barack Obama was not American-born and after he opened his presidential campaign in 2015 by describing Mexicans as rapists and drug peddlers.

In a bill, Democrats want legal protection for almost 800,000 young immigrants who were protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump ended in September with a six-month delay.

About 800,000 young people who came to the USA illegally as children have been allowed to live, work and go to school legally in the US under the DACA program, and to serve in the military. The program shielded these immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers", from deportation and granted them permits to work.

With federal funding set to run out at midnight Friday, the disagreement also raised the specter of another government shutdown. "I think that there are people that are looking for an apology". We need to fund our troops, we need to protect them, we need to increase homeland security. Republicans are hoping to knock Donnelly off in November, however, and they certainly could, given how Mr. Trump won the state by 19 points in 2016.

"Then this week it emerged that (Trump) wanted to change immigration policy with other, addressing family unification initiatives which they call by another name which I won't use and ending the diversity visa", she said, her frustration evident, before moving on to the administration's TPS threat: "So now we have to deal, and that's why some of this week people were finding out for the first time, that there were communities that were affected by this very directly and we have to address those concerns".