Sens. Jeff Flake and James Lankford after the meeting both said the meeting was surprisingly helpful and they appreciated the President adding some clarity to the discussions, while noting hammering out the details remains to be worked out.
Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democratic lawmaker, tweeted: "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency".
He said Trump wants to welcome immigrants who "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", and will always reject "temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures" that he says "threaten the lives of hardworking Americans" and undercut other immigrants. Trump had met with Norway's prime minister Wednesday.
Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., joined at right by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., gives her support to "dreamers", people brought to the US illegally as children, and supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people".
Democrats and foes of the president are seizing on the comments to further paint a narrative of a bigoted, racist Trump.More news: Sam's Club stores abruptly close
When asked about the statement, the White House press office did not deny the remarks. The group agreed to also include provisions strengthening security - which for Trump means building parts of a wall along the border with Mexico - curbing immigrants' relatives from coming here and restricting the visa lottery.
Republican Carlos Curbelo of Florida said that "under no circumstances is it acceptable to degrade, denigrate or dehumanize" immigrants with temporary protection status.
State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who born in Chicago to Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments show his "ignorance of the contributions Haitians have made to this country, as well as other immigrant nations".
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that a bipartisan group of six senators was close to a deal on extending President Barack Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, that provides legal status to almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came into the United States as children.
That Republican said there were several hang-ups in the meeting, including whether thousands of immigrants into the US from countries that have suffered disasters, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti should continue to receive temporary protected status.More news: Trump calls Norway a 'great customer' in welcoming the PM
Yes, he said "shithole countries" - apparently in reference to the fact that immigrants from places like El Salvador, Haiti and Africa were being protected in a potential bipartisan deal to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and secure funding for border security. "We can tiptoe around it, we can dance around it, and not really put our finger on it but the president seems to harbor racist feelings about people of color". "We haven't quite gotten there, but we feel like we're close". Tom Cotton (R-AR) were included. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
Legislation to do this would change the rules on immigration, allocating a larger share of green cards to people who qualify on the basis of education and skills and fewer to foreign relatives of USA citizens and residents.
There had been reports earlier Thursday that the bipartisan "Gang of Six" group of senators had reached a compromise on immigration.
One Trump official was quoted by CNN as saying: "Though this might enrage Washington, staffers predict the comment will resonate with his base, much like his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem did not alienate it".More news: Georgia in US Senate Democrats Report
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