Report: Trump, in vulgar terms, rejects bipartisan immigration proposal at White House meeting

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, using vulgar terms, rejected a pitch Thursday from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” Trump said in the White House meeting with a bipartisan group of senators, the Washington Post reported, referring to African countries and Haiti.

The comment came when lawmakers proposed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, the Post reported.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham met with Trump to discuss a compromise plan from a bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators, but were rebuffed and told to keep working, Durbin said told reporters.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday afternoon: “There has not been a deal reached yet.”

The Jan. 19 deadline for reaching agreement on government spending is rapidly approaching — which many Democrats insist must include immigration — and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is set to end in early March.

“I’m not sure what the next step will be,” Durbin said. “The president invited us to — at his little get-together in the Cabinet room — to come up with proposals, and we did. It’s a bipartisan proposal which we’ve worked on for four months in the Senate, and I don’t know what happens next.”

Without the president’s buy-in, the work of the group can’t reach the Senate floor, Republican leadership said.

White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill after the meeting that the president wants a “broader” deal on the family piece than just the covered recipients.

“There is a reason why the president has said that is not acceptable to him and sent everybody back to the same drawing board that Kevin McCarthy drew up on Tuesday,” Cotton said after the meeting.

The proposal was a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — beyond just those who were enrolled in DACA when it ended, according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the meeting.

In addition, they proposed a down payment of the $1.6 billion requested by the administration this year on border security, limits to the ability of recipients to sponsor family members and an end to the diversity lottery and reallocation of those visas in part to cover people who were under Temporary Protected Status.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Kevin McCarthy and Mario Diaz-Balart were also at the Trump meeting on Thursday.

Cotton, Perdue, Goodlatte and McCarthy pushed back at the Durbin and Graham proposal.

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