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GOP still struggling with Trump's remarks on Africa

GOP still struggling with Trump's remarks on Africa

They may as well be flying the Confederate battle flag at city hall in their modern-day campaign of massive resistance against federal immigration authorities.

During the committee hearing, Nielsen told U.S. Sen. Some participants and others familiar with the conversation said Trump challenged immigration from "shithole" countries of Africa and disparaged Haiti as well.

"The discussion was extremely ardent", Nielsen said. "The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues might be available".

For example, when discussing Dreamers, many of whom are DACA recipients brought to the U.S.as undocumented children by their parents, Secretary Nielsen repeatedly called for a "permanent solution".

When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, "We don't need more Haitians'".

It was Martin Luther King that said there's 'nothing in this world more risky than honest ignorance and conscientious stupidity.' And so here we are in the United States of America, and we have a history that is handsome and grand and also ugly - where from this nation to others we know what happens when people sit by and are bystanders and say nothing. If local politicians "don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will". "And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we now have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees". They fester. They become poison.

Nielsen, while testifying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, was asked if she supported a path to citizenship for recipients of the DACA program. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) - who was in the room with Nielsen when Trump reportedly made the comments during a meeting on immigration - wasted little time in asking, "How did [Trump] characterize those countries in Africa?"

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Without explicitly denying using the vulgarity, Trump on Monday lashed out at the Democratic senator, who said Trump uttered it on several occasions.

And although Nielsen said she did not hear Trump say the expletive Durbin said he uttered, she acknowledged the president used "tough language" in a meeting brewing with passion and emotion.

The conversation was very impassioned. "The president used tough language in general, as did other congressmen in the room, yes sir", Nielsen responded.

Niesen said Trump told the group, "He'd like to move away from a country-based quota system to a merit-based quota system". Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked. And Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, who was also present at the Oval Office meeting last week, said the episode had devolved into an "s-show".

Ranting, his eyes bulging like a madman's, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who called it "unacceptable" that she could not "remember the words of your commander in chief".

"Your silence and your amnesia is complicity", Booker said to Nielsen, who sat and listened.

This is a preview of Democrats' 2018 campaign platform. 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.


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