Trump disparages immigrants from 's--thole countries'

DACA supporters demonstration at the White House in Washington

DACA supporters demonstration at the White House in Washington

The program protects almost 800,000 undocumented young people, or "dreamers", who came to America as children. But if Trump's vulgar comments weren't already making moderates increasingly nervous that they're losing in the fight to pull Trump to the center, his tweets Friday, in which he listed demands for a DACA deal, were likely to make their efforts more hard.

"What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made", Trump tweeted.

Spokesman Raj Shah says in a statement that while "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries", Trump "will always fight for the American people".

Lindsey Graham of SC and Dick Durbin of IL, agreed on a plan to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants protected under DACA from being deported.

One of them, Sen. "I hope today's comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply", Bush wrote.

Asked how Trump's comments will affect immigration talks, Ryan responded, "We have to get it done".

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said at WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee. Instead, we're subjected to Trump's ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him.

As for immigration, Trump rejected the DACA deal because the approach by the bipartisan group of senators who negotiated it wasn't comprehensive enough. Instead, he said, the US should allow more immigrants from countries like Norway.

Ready to brief Trump on their negotiations, Durbin and Graham traveled to the White House Thursday thinking they would be meeting privately with the President, a source familiar told CNN.

Then, in the first week of 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump clarified what he had in mind: $18 billion for his "big, handsome wall".

"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", Trump said during the Cabinet Room meeting.

Four months later, a bipartisan group of senators announced that they'd reached consensus on a DACA replacement bill: Even though the president and GOP leadership had claimed to support legal status for Dreamers as an end in itself (and thus should have been prepared to support legislation that does nothing but that), Democrats nonetheless agreed to back a Dream Act that includes funding for Trump's border wall, limits on the ability of legal USA residents to sponsor their adult children for immigration, and a reduction in diversity visas - provisions championed by Republicans and loathed by the progressive base. While it's unclear what the proposal contained, Trump, who apparently saw the provisions, thought it made chain migration and the diversity lottery system "worse".

Bishop Vasquez said the bishops "stand ready to work" with Trump and Congress "in the coming days to help fashion a just solution that meets their needs, ensures our nation's safety and security, and sets the stage for the larger debate on immigration reform that is so urgently and desperately needed". I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals. It's not what I want.

Friday, Trump took to Twitter, saying that the "so-called bipartisan DACA deal" was "a big step backwards".

"There are scores of Republicans who have shifted their position to follow the president", said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. "Take care of our Military, and our Country, FIRST!"

The request from corporate leaders comes as lawmakers are negotiating a legislative replacement for the Obama-era DACA program.

But delays in forging an agreement have led Democrats to use leverage on a separate issue - the budget - to seek to drive the immigration legislation into law.