Senators to pursue immigration deal over president's objections


During a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration Thursday, Trump criticized protections the United States gives to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries, including Haiti, El Salvador, and some African countries.

As the controversy continued on Friday, Mr Trump delivered a scheduled speech to mark Martin Luther King day from the Roosevelt Room in the White House.

U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday where Trump reportedly made the remarks, confirmed to reporters on Friday that Trump used "vile, vulgar" language, including "shithole".

The two senators who struck a deal with each other on an immigration deal signaled Friday they'll push ahead with their bargain despite opposition from President Trump, saying they sense growing bipartisan support.

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the United States president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist.

Facing a global backlash, the president on Friday denied using the offensive language in a series of tweets. "It is not true".

But Durbin, the Senate' s No. 2 Democrat, said the comments about Haiti were made directly at him.

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In an apparent response to the criticism, Mr Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday night.

Whoopi Goldberg said she could have possibly overlooked his remarks if he hadn't also said the United States needs more people from Norway.

"The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve, not the process which led to it. Do we need more Haitians?'" "Probably", the president concluded this morning, citing to a lack of trust on all sides, we "should record future meetings" of this type. Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he "vigorously rejected" the comments attributed to Trump, which also triggered outrage among some citizens.

Trump said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Durbin of IL, the Senate" s No. 2 Democrat, explained that as part of that deal, a lottery for visas that has benefited people from Africa and other nations would be ended, the sources said, though there could be another way for them to apply. "Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation". I want safety and security for our people.

Others, like former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, denounced the president's "abominable and ignorant" views and statements.

House speaker Paul Ryan described the comments as "unfortunate" and said he had been immediately reminded of his own Irish heritage.