And the President further complicated things Thursday when he made highly incendiary comments about immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa, which have inflamed and brought criticism from many in Trump's own party.
Aides to Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a longtime GOP broker on immigration policy, said Thursday that a deal has been reached; and other congressional aides familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the group is now consulting with the White House. At 7:16 p.m. on Tuesday, the president retreated on Twitter: "As I made very clear today our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval".
And what are the odds of a government shutdown: As high as they've ever been in the Trump administration.
Separately, Durbin told reporters he had not seen a single news report about the President's words that was false.
"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as 'sh-tholes, ' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", he added.
A judge said maybe racism was behind President Donald Trump's decision to shut down a program protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Reports of his language that referred to people of color from other countries created a fire storm of criticism from both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist. Dick Durbin, who was at the White House meeting, said Friday that the president "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".
The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.
Harland came to the United States from Antigua in 1981.
"It's a negotiation process", this person said.
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Leaders on Capitol Hill are busy trying to strike a deal on immigration, just days before a potential government shutdown. Trump on Friday pushed back against the reports about his remarks.
Democrats are demanding protection for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, known as "dreamers", as part of a spending bill to keep the federal government open after current funding ends January 19.
Cotton later declared that Democrats have yet to give enough on border security and other immigration issues even though he and other Republicans are willing to bend on the issue of childhood arrivals.
The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield almost 800,000 "dreamers" from deportation. Trump a year ago ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country.
Trump gave Congress six months to find a way to allow dreamers approved for the DACA program to remain in the USA permanently. "These are human beings, not commodities".
Less than three hours later, Durbin and a Republican colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham, drove away from the White House with the deal in pieces and a controversy over offensive language about to reverberate worldwide.
He has denounced NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest at police brutality against African Americans, and made questionable comments about a white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent. The Wolff book rings true, with its jaw-dropping portrait of chaos and intrigue, warring White House factions and infantile narcissism - it's simultaneously amusing and terrifying. They keep getting left out of this as if their point of view doesn't count.
The TPS program, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 provides temporary residency for people in the US from countries that can not receive them either because those countries refuse to take their people back, or because war prevents them from going back to their home countries. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel", Graham said in a statement.
Some Republicans were also unhappy.
Some Republicans, notably Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), who's of Haitian descent, have called out the president for the comments and have requested an apology.
Already a year ago, some Democrats had warned against negotiating with Trump, specifically on immigration.