President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met yesterday.
The amnesty-plus plan was developed by Dubin and several pro-amnesty GOP Senators, including Sen. Cory Gardner from Colorado. The plan would provide an unpopular fast-track amnesty to more than one million illegals, reserve future chain-migration and also provide a quasi-amnesty to the illegal-immigrant parents who brought their children — dubbed ‘dreamers’ by Democrats — to the United States.
The Washington Post‘s story is based on a leak, likely from Durbin’s team. That leak suggests that Durbin and his allies do not expect to make a deal that they can sell to their base. Without that deal, the Democrats are using Trump’s “sh*thole” comment to blame his supposed racism for their failure to persuade Trump to abandon his base by accepting a big amnesty.
The White House released a statement after the Washington Post article was published. The statement did not deny the comment about less-developed countries, but promised an immigration policy which helps Americans and legal immigrants.
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