And what are the odds of a government shutdown: As high as they've ever been in the Trump administration.
"Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but "racist", he told reporters in Geneva.
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as 'sh-tholes, ' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", he added.
President Donald Trump refused to sign off on a proposed bipartisan immigration deal floated by six senators during a White House meeting Thursday. As for Africa, he asked why more people from "shithole countries" should be allowed into the USA, the sources said. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who said he was at the meeting, came forward and confirmed the report. It gives several hundred thousand people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts the right to live and work in the U.S. Trump has curtailed it for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua.
Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, said that while the announcement was welcome news for DACA recipients, much uncertainty remains.
Government funding expires on January 19, and Democrats say they will support legislation to keep the government operating only if the legislation includes plans to protect "dreamers", who were brought illegally to the country as children.
"[When she was campaigning], she was in favor of Border Patrols - but she was not in favor of any other form of immigration enforcement", he recalls. President Trump has declared his intention to end "chain migration", which allows legal immigrants to sponsor family members for legal entry (which we're not so sure is a bad idea.) And he sought to end the Obama administration's DACA program (which we are sure is not just a bad idea, but wrong.) Then came his disparaging - some called them racist, though we won't go that far - comments Thursday about Haiti and Africa.
And for Democrats, the opportunity to do so was more important than the chance to help "undocumented" immigrants. "These are human beings, not commodities".
In 2013, 54 Senate Democrats voted to build the wall, end the diversity visa lottery, double the number of border agents, and move toward a merit-based immigration system.
No respite from cold in North India
Kashmir Valley is passing through the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called "Chillai Kalan" which will end on 30 January. In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave swept most parts of the state with minimum temperatures further dropping in high-altitude areas.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday afternoon: "There has not been a deal reached yet".
He has denounced NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent.
"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", he said in a lengthy statement, adding that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society". The White House denied those comments.
The first is that Democrats keep moving left on immigration.
The administration announced a year ago that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S.in the wake of a devastating 2010 natural disaster. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said in a statement.
Republican Representatives Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both from Florida, have also promised to vote against any spending bill that does not include a DACA fix.
Some Republicans, notably Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who's of Haitian descent, have called out the president for the comments and have requested an apology.
Word of the announcement quickly spread on social media, and some immigration lawyers posted alerts on their Facebook pages.
The UN refugee agency spokesman William Spindler said that "people forced to flee war or persecution and needing asylum should be given protection by whichever country they are in, irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity or place or country of origin".
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