Trump says his words on immigration were misrepresented by 'Senator Dicky Durbin'

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 20, 2018

While some senators and Trump aides have said they did not hear him use that exact word, others said they did.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children is "probably dead", casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration.

According to diplomats at the U.N. meeting on Thursday, Haley also spoke about the billions of dollars that the United States had invested in the fight against HIV/Aids and terrorism in Africa and in humanitarian aid for South Sudan.

Lindsey Graham of SC said Trump had drastically changed his tune on a compromise immigration bill just before the Thursday meeting.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told reporters that he believed Miller had played a role in convincing Trump to blast the bipartisan deal. "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", he said.

Trump and some Republicans have said the senators' agreement is insufficient.

US President Donald Trump has said he wants immigrants to come from everywhere even as the White House pushes for a merit-based immigration system.

Trump is tying an extension of DACA to funding for a wall along the U.S. - Mexican border. "We need to get people in a room and actually solve the problem".

Senator David Purdue, a Republican from Georgia who attended the session, called charges that Trump is racist "ridiculous" and insisted reports on his remarks were a "gross misrepresentation".

"To characterize any place in hyperbolic, negative ways is unhelpful always", says Abby Maxman, president of Oxfam America.

Graham also lamented that "the discourse right now is pretty low". "I stand by every word that I have said".

"I think he is a racist", he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Sanders tells reporters that Trump "hasn't said he didn't use strong language" in the meeting with bipartisan in the heated immigration debate last week. The row broke out after Republican and Democratic lawmakers visited the President in the Oval Office on Thursday to work on a proposal for an immigration deal. Tom Cotton said in a Friday statement that they did not recall the "sh-hole" comment, and Cotton on Sunday also accused Durbin of misrepresenting Trump's comments. "Deals can't get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military (sic)", Mr Trump added.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", the president continued. Trump wrote, "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

A pro-Trump group across the street waved American flags.

The meeting was convened to consider a bipartisan immigration deal to protect the "dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, including the 690,000 now enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump has canceled.

At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as "Dreamers", from deportation.

Finally, the bill would provide a path to legal status for the so-called Dreamers, the 690,000 immigrants brought to the country as minors.

The president addressed the issue as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with the House majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California. "I think they talk about DACA, but they don't want to help the DACA people".

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