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President Trump says 'DACA is probably dead'

15 January 2018

"No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST", he added.

"I do not believe DACA is dead", Nielsen said on "Fox News Sunday".

Then on Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators presented the president with an agreement on new legislation for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

So far, Republicans and Democrats have not been able to compromise on an immigration reform bill that would also address the problem of illegal aliens and "Dreamers" now in the United States.

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Trump's remarks come after talks on a bipartisan immigration proposal froze after the president made disparaging comments in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers in which he derided African nations as "sh-hole countries" and asked why more immigrants couldn't come from Norway.

In remarks on Twitter, Donald Trump said he did not believe the opposition party truly wanted to negotiate a new arrangement for so-called Dreamers (undocumented migrants brought to the USA illegally when they were children), 690,000 of whom are now shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, Efe reported.

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".

Meanwhile this weekend, debate raged over what Trump said in the Thursday meeting - and whether he had said it at all. The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamers" that would take up to 12 years, as well as $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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One of the Democratic senators at the meeting, Dick Durbin of IL, confirmed on Twitter that Trump used the term "shithole". He said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Trump wasn't apologetic and denied he was racist, instead blaming the media for distorting his meaning, said the confidant, who wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. "DACA is not dead", she said. "I use those words advisedly", he said.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Alsup says the Trump administration must continue to accept DACA renewal applications, despite the president's decision in September to end new and renewal applications and let the program expire on March 5.

Perdue and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., had issued a joint statement Friday saying they "do not recall the President saying those comments specifically".

"The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them "I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un" (of N. Korea)", Trump tweeted.

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President Trump says 'DACA is probably dead'