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Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection

Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection

Negotiations over a deal on the DACA program, which has protected undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported, froze this week after Trump derided African nations as "sh-hole countries" and asked why more immigrants couldn't come from Norway during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers to discuss a bipartisan immigration proposal.

"I think the president really is in the middle on this", Heitkamp told "Squawk Box", referring to the DACA issue.

Trump denied making the remarks Friday, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term.

The senators had been working for months on how to balance protections for young immigrants with Trump's demands for border security, an end to a visa lottery aimed at increasing immigrant diversity, and limits to immigrants' ability to sponsor family members to join them in America. But he left a door open that a deal could be reached with Democrats in Congress.

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military", Trump said on Twitter.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.

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Trump's decision to end DACA immediately became a talking point for congressional Democrats.

Multiple groups in Congress are working on their own solutions for immigration as they race to pass a spending bill before the government runs out of funding Friday.

Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". Democrats have been demanding protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding that could include money for Trump's promised border wall.

The debate over DACA's fate came as lawmakers were forced to answer questions about whether Trump is racist.

"I heard that account before the account even went public", he said on "This Week". "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation", Perdue said on ABC's "This Week".

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., defended the agreement as a "principled compromise" on NBC's "Meet the Press" and said, "I hope people will explore it". "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the agency said in a statement Saturday. "DACA is not dead", she said.


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