USA government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

President Trump blames Democratic lawmakers, tweeting Sunday morning that DACA is "probably dead." In retaliation for the embarrassment his own words caused, he tweeted Sunday that "DACA is dead".

Asked about charges of racism for his alleged slur, Trump said: "I'm not a racist".

The talks have been complicated by the firestorm over the reported vulgar remarks made by Trump at Thursday's meeting with lawmakers to discuss DACA. Then, in a bipartisan meeting with various senator, the president reportedly said the now infamous "shithole countries" comment.

Trump in September announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects the Dreamers, which was begun by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, effective in March.

Trump - along with congressional Republicans - has demanded border security, including money for the president's promised border wall, be a part of any immigration deal that addresses DACA, though what that means exactly hasn't been specified.

A new report from the Justice and Homeland Security Departments said that almost three-quarters of the 549 worldwide terror-related convictions in U.S. courts since 9/11 involved foreign-born individuals, including 148 granted citizenship after arriving in the United States.

House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the US government through February 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

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Republicans want to increase defense funding by much more than non-defense, while Democrats want them to go up equally. "To know that one day we could get taken out of here, it breaks my heart", Jesus said.

A majority of those protected under DACA are from Mexico and Central America and have spent most of their lives in the United States, attending school and participating in society.

The president rejected the bipartisan proposal that would have given DREAMers (those covered by DACA) a chance at legal status and a path to citizenship; the measure would have also eliminated the diversity visa lottery, prevented DREAMers from sponsoring their parents, and funded some other border projects. Dianne Feinstein, both of whom have suggested focusing on "clean" DACA legislation that leaves other immigration issues for later talks. That list includes funding for border security, which could include money for a wall, the end of so-called "chain migration" that allows immigrants to help family members come to the USA and a change to "merit based" immigration instead of a lottery process.



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