Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewal applications under court order

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"This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White House's immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law", Goodlatte said in a written statement.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole countries" in Africa.

"However, we caution against introducing unrelated, unnecessary, or controversial elements of immigration policy - especially those that jeopardize the sanctity of families or unaccompanied children - into the bipartisan search for a just and humane solution for the 'Dreamers, '" he said. "Do we need more Haitians?'"

Some Republicans in Tuesday's meeting, an extraordinary televised bargain session, clearly believed that Trump misstated his own position when, in answer to a question from California Sen.

The backlash over President Donald Trump's assertion that Haiti and African nations are "shithole countries" isn't going away - and now, Sens. Those under the immigration program have become known as "dreamers". Some media outlets also reported that Trump said in reference to Haitians, "take them out".

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country", Trump added later. The people were not authorized to describe the conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But he also wrote "this was not the language used", an apparent denial, although it was unclear to what language he was referring.

"(The president) must apologize for his abhorrent comments", U.S. Sen.

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Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill alongside Republican leaders of several other House committees and subcommittees related to immigration and national security.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: We had a meeting, and I will tell you that I'm hopeful that that meeting will maybe lead to a breakthrough and we get something done. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!".

One of the six senators who crafted the bipartisan immigration deal, Democrat Michael Bennet of Colorado, said Saturday that the proposal "has everything the president asked for on the border".

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, "It's not how a president should speak".

During a meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday at the White House, Trump endorsed a two-step approach to immigration reform.

Trump says the "so-called bipartisan" deal "was a big step backwards" because it doesn't fund a wall along the Mexican border. "I want a merit-based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level". "I'm not saying I want this or I want that". I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.

Trump has denied making the remarks, but Illinois Democratic Sen.

'Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people, ' Shah said, according to CNN. Bob Goodlatte, Kevin McCarthy and Mario Diaz-Balart were also at the Trump meeting on Thursday.

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