Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

In Tweets, Trump Suggests A DACA Deal Is Unlikely

In Tweets, Trump Suggests A DACA Deal Is Unlikely

Trump's tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for "Dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program.

Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, late previous year but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending the initiative created by President Barack Obama. Trump said past year that he's killing the program unless Congress sends him legislation by March to keep it.

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump declared the immigration talks to be failing: "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".

"I think the President is encouraging us to go as quickly as we can", answered Secretary Nielsen, who said Mr. Trump also wanted to close a variety of loopholes in immigration law, to dissuade people to come to the USA illegally.

House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the US government through February 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

Temporary government funding expires at midnight Friday, and some government functions will begin shutting down unless lawmakers reach agreement on future funding.

Further roiling the talks are comments by the president during an Oval Office meeting in which he questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, along with Africans from "s***hole countries", according to people briefed on the conversation.

Trump also said in the meeting that he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead.

A confidant of Trump's told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction on his inflammatory remarks.

Trump's hairpin turn to reject a bipartisan DACA deal that he'd promised to sign not only spurred a deep political divide on the issue, it also boosted the chance of a government shutdown. Trump's border security measures would slow down a process that essentially allows a state like California with an ever-growing population of illegal immigrants to steal House seats (and consequently electoral votes) from other states. Mr Trump's staunchest supporters consider any route to citizenship for the Dreamers as amnesty for lawbreakers. One suspects that Trump is a hurdle to be overcome if the Dreamers are to legally stay in the US.

"I can't defend the indefensible", said Mia Love, a Haitian-American congresswoman from Utah who campaigned on Trump's behalf in the country's Haitian community.

"I still think that he should apologize", she said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump's denial was supported in separate appearances on Sunday news programs by Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

"I am not for, at this point in time, dealing with either family reunification or diversity", Hoyer said.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL who was at the Oval Office meeting claimed the president made the derogatory term. Lindsey Graham of SC, issued a statement that did not specifically confirm the words used but backed up Durbin's account.

"I do not believe DACA is dead", Ms Nielsen said on Fox News on Sunday. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona who wasn't at the White House meeting but spoke immediately after to Durbin and Graham, said, "I was in a meeting directly afterwards where those who had presented to the president our proposal spoke about the meeting, and they said those words were used, before those words went public".

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