Durbin Claims 'Chain Migration' Term Is Offensive to Descendants of Slaves

When told that Trump denied making the remarks, Durbin said: "It speaks for itself".

The U.S. president is reported to have referred to "shithole countries" in Africa, questioned why the United States would take more people from Haiti, and expressed a preference for people from Norway while he was meeting with lawmakers in the White House on Thursday. The Republican president denied using a vulgar reference in comments that many Democrats and African leaders called racist.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also suggested that momentum toward a deal on maintaining such protection had stalled.

"I know the bipartisan proposal discussed at the White House can get a lot of support from both sides".

They were explaining how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.

"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest". Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), according to MSNBC.

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.

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Democrats want protections for Dreamers included in a measure on government spending, which must pass by a January 19 deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

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"Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday", Graham said.

Its government summoned the USA ambassador, seeking to clarify whether the United States regards Botswana as a "shithole" country. A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations.

When Trump heard that Haitians were among those who would benefit from the proposed deal, he asked whether they could be left out of the plan, asking, "Why do we want people from Haiti here?"

Trump then told the senators, " 'Haitians - we don't need more Haitians, '" Durbin said.

The president's remarks angered several countries, prompting them to issue strongly-worded statements condemning his comment.

Durbin said that for Graham "to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage and I respect him for it". Graham hasn't publicly commented on the meeting.

"The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it".

"Chain migration" as a term is offensive, Durbin said he told the president.

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