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. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals have entered the US through the legal immigration system, as every seven out of ten new arrivals come to the country for nothing other than family reunification. A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations.
"The Government of Botswana is wondering why President Trump, must use this descriptor and derogatory word, when talking about countries with whom the U.S. has had cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations for so many years", the Botswana government said in a statement condemning his remarks.
He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.
Trump's reported comments were also taken personally by Dr. Andrew Furey, an orthopedic surgeon in St. John's, N.L., and founder of Team Broken Earth, a group of medical professionals who responded to the Haitian quake in 2010 and has since returned to the country several times.
That was the nature of this conversation. Graham hasn't publicly commented on the meeting.
"African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally, '" he recalled. "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'".
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president's tweet. Trump has inaccurately claimed that Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, wasn't born in the United States. "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist", United Nations spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday. He went on to criticize the immigration deal, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" Trump said, according to reports from multiple news outlets.
Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".
He made the comment during a discussion of an emerging bipartisan deal with members of Congress from both parties on Thursday to give legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children, those with knowledge of the conversation said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
While Mr Trump announced the abolition of the programme for "dreamers" in October, he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution. There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.
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