Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 16, 2018

Trump last week rejected a bipartisan proposal offered him by three Republican and three Democratic senators to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect the young immigrants from deportation.

But a federal judge in California temporarily blocked the administration's decision while state lawsuits against the government play out in court.

US President Donald Trump said Sunday a deal to resolve the status of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children is "probably dead", blaming it on Democrats. "It's not the first time Senator Durbin has done it, and it is not productive to solving the problem we're having", Perdue said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

The president and Congress are attempting to reach a deal on comprehensive immigration reform as part of a federal spending bill that Congress must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Government funding expires midnight Friday without a deal in place, and some government functions will begin to go dark.

As the world now knows, during a discussion about the future of immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries, Trump questioned why the USA was letting in people from "shithole countries" rather than nations such as Norway, according to Sen. Rather than say "shithole" or "shithouse", he referred to African or El Salvadoran immigrants coming into the U.S. as hailing from "undesirable countries".

While Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, underscored his account, Republican Senator David Perdue, who was also at the meeting, on Monday said Trump did not use the word "shithole".

Lawmakers are trying to combine some form of relief for DACA immigrants along with enhanced border security, including a wall along the Mexican border, sought by Trump. Trump's staunchest supporters consider any route to citizenship for the "Dreamers" amnesty for lawbreakers.

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"It really means a lot to me because I feel like I'm making a statement, 'We are here to stay, '" Azua said. It has distracted from the policy discussion of not only DACA, but of broader issues like immigration based on merit, which the president says he favors over a policy of family reunification, what he calls "chain immigration". The president said he used strong language in the meeting but denied saying what Durbin alleged.

"I'm telling you, he did not use that word", Sen.

Todd and Paul moved on to discussing the main point of the January 11 White House meeting, before it was obscured by the tangential discussions over what the president allegedly did or did not say. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) want a deal done. He also denied he was a racist.

Global reaction to Trump's comments was strong, and US diplomats in Haiti and other nations have been called to host government offices to hear the complaints directly.

With so many people's futures at stake, there are obvious deals to be made from which all sides - Republicans, Democrats and immigrants alike - could gain. "Knowing the reluctance of many of my members, I am getting prepared for what I believe will be a very contentious meeting as we discuss doing a short-term CR for the fourth time in six months". "I've been negotiating and working with the Democrats on immigration for 17 years", he said.

Cotton told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "didn't hear" the word used - "and I was sitting no further away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was".

While early in the week it seemed like a DACA deal might happen, Trump has been signaling all weekend that legislative efforts are dead in the water.

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