Trump crudely disparages Africa in immigration talks

Ivan Schwartz
January 13, 2018

Trump lobbed his salvo after U.S. District Judge William Alsup late Tuesday granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, previously served as the secretary of Homeland Security and commander of United States Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

"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". These were border security, family-based "chain migration", a visa lottery that draws people from diverse countries and how to revive the DACA program.

We're at a deal, and so we'll be talking to the White House about that.

The comments reportedly alarmed and mystified the people attending the meeting.

Let me pick up on what happened after that White House meeting on immigration President Donald Trump hosted on Tuesday - the one he turned into an nearly hour-long show, with Sen. That would put them ahead of people who have gone through the long legal process to enter this country. This week the administration provided lawmakers with a DHS document with more information about each of its priorities.

For more on the judge's decision and what it means for DACA recipients in the country now, I got a hold of Michael Olivas this morning.

Major differences remain on immigration.

Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL released a joint statement by the six Senate negotiators - three Republicans and three Democrats - that said their plan addresses Trump's insistence on addressing border security, limits to family priority in immigration and an end to a visa lottery to promote diversity.

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Unfortunately, the White House chose negotiations over one of the more critical issues of our time - control of the border and, thus, genuine sovereignty - to show that the inhabitant of the Oval Office is not stark-raving crackers and, thereby, fit for the presidency. "That's what we're working on but we've pretty much got a bill". "We must build a Great Wall". "We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in".

Almost 700,000 young people, known as Dreamers, were protected from deportation and allowed to work legally under the DACA program as of September 2017, Alsup's ruling said.

For that, he has his critics.

David Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Dreamer from Oxnard, praised the ruling but worries that the White House will block it, convincing a court to place what he called an injunction on the injunction.

The Republican-run House needs only a majority.

There is another group of Senate Republicans to try and get a DACA deal done before the January 19 government funding shutdown, though the agreement made Thursday is widely seen as the only bipartisan measure in the Senate. He also attended a meeting with a dozen senators December 19 on Capitol Hill. A "clean" DACA bill would essentially address protecting Dreamers, and that's it. Sergio Arellano said the recent ruling doesn't help dreamers, but hurts them instead. "But we can not forget the DREAM Act covered over 2 million youth and DACA is just covering over 800,000", she said.

"You see it being struck down, then upheld, then there's appeals and I think that's the wrong answer", said Arellano.

The bishops also "are pleased to see the mutual understanding that ensuring protection for these young people should be the first step in the systematic reform of our outdated immigration laws", said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, referring to those now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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