Donald Trump: 'DACA Is Probably Dead'

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the CEOs who signed the letter

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the CEOs who signed the letter

In September 2017, Trump pledged to end DACA altogether unless Democrats and Republicans in Congress could craft a bill addressing serious legal and immigration issues that he could sign.

Trump's tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for "Dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program. Critics call it an unlawful program that promotes illegal immigration, lacked congressional approval and takes jobs from US citizens. Dick Durbin is questioning the credibility of a Republican senator who says President Donald Trump did not refer to African countries using a vulgarity during a closed-door meeting. "No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST", he added.

"They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", Trump wrote.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.

Further roiling the talks are comments by Trump during an Oval Office meeting in which he questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the USA, along with Africans from "shithole" countries, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly.

So far, Republicans and Democrats have not been able to compromise on an immigration reform bill that would also address the problem of illegal aliens and "Dreamers" now in the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a signing ceremony for the Interdict Act into law, to provide Customs and Border Protection agents with the latest screening technology on the fight against the opioid crisis, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.C., U.S., January 10, 2018.

A confidant of Trump's told The Associated Press that the president spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction on his inflammatory remarks.

The comment drew immediate and intense backlash from lawmakers and world leaders alike, many of whom accused Trump of being a racist.

Trump last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators. The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamers" that would take up to 12 years, as well as $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Mr Trump's staunchest supporters consider any route to citizenship for the Dreamers to be an amnesty for lawbreakers.

The president has said any deal must include funding for the wall as well as changes to make the immigration system a more merit-based structure. The party is now using the program as a political bargaining chip in Congress's debate over the federal budget, demanding that any deal to keep the government funded must include protections for DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers. "I take a little bit of offense to the suggestion that the president is racist, " she said Sunday. David Perdue went on ABC's "This Week" to call reports that Trump used vile language in the meeting a "gross misrepresentation".

"I didn't hear that word either", said Arkansas Sen. A Republican attendee, Sen. Lindsey Graham were mistaken in indicating that was the case.

Previously, Perdue and Republican Sen. Tom Cotton in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" with host John Dickerson.

Another participant, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that she did not "recall him using that exact phrase, " but she acknowledged he "did use and will continue to use strong language".

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