“The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process. It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans,” he said in a late-night tweet. “We must build a Great Wall …”
The president included a pitch for allowing immigration on merit.
The administration and lawmakers are under pressure to find a breakthrough before a deadline next week that could lead to a government shutdown.
Democrats want to stave off deportation of some 800,000 immigrants currently protected by an Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Trump still wants his border wall, though he had toned down what that means. Conservatives are wary, fearing he will strike a soft compromise.
President Donald Trump’s profane comment about Africa is drawing furious reactions from civil rights organizations.
The NAACP is accusing Trump of “lowbrow, callous and unfiltered racism.”
A statement released Thursday evening by the organization says Trump’s “decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation.”
The American Civil Liberties Union says Trump “has been consistently honest about the white nationalism behind his immigration policies.”
Lorella Praeli, the ACLU’s director of immigration policy, says Trump’s comments were “directly contrary to the decision Congress made in 1965 to do away with the racist per-country quotas of the past.”
Trump referred to “shithole countries” in Africa during a meeting Thursday on immigration.
The White House is not denying that President Donald Trump used profanity in referring to African nations during a meeting on immigration.
Spokesman Raj Shah says in a statement that while “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries,” Trump “will always fight for the American people.”
He says Trump wants to welcome immigrants who “contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,” and will always reject “temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures” that he says “threaten the lives of hardworking Americans” and undercut other immigrants.
Trump reportedly questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from “shithole countries.” The comment came during a meeting with lawmakers who are trying to forge a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation.