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Program to protect 'Dreamers' is 'probably dead'

Program to protect 'Dreamers' is 'probably dead'

President Donald Trump says a program to protect immigrants brought into the US illegally as children is "probably dead".

Trump has railed against DACA, which was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012, and made the issue of illegal immigration a key tenet of his presidential campaign previous year.

Meanwhile this weekend, debate raged over what Trump said in the Thursday meeting - and whether he had said it at all.

"I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.

The "shithole countries" remark has vexed Republicans, compelling many to make statements criticizing Trump for the remarks.

The White House has not denied that Mr Trump said the word "shithole".

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A bipartisan group of senators struck a deal Wednesday that couples shielding DREAMers from deportation with a litany of conservative immigration reforms and border security funding, albeit a greatly reduced amount from the administration's initial requests.

Moments the president later called for a merit based immigration system. The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamers" that would take up to 12 years, as well as $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. The party is now using the program as a political bargaining chip in Congress's debate over the federal budget, demanding that any deal to keep the government funded must include protections for DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers. David Perdue, R-Ga, said Trump, "did not use that word", and that multiple media accounts of the meeting were a "gross misrepresentation". A Republican attendee, Sen. "I take a little bit of offense to the suggestion that the president is racist, " she said Sunday.

Perdue had previously issued a joint statement with Sen.

One of Trump's top advisers, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said on "Fox News Sunday" she did not recall if Trump used "that specific phrase".

"I didn't hear that word either", said Arkansas Sen.

According to the reports, Judge Alsup, in his order on Tuesday, stated that the Trump administration's move to rescind DACA was done without following the proper legal procedures and that the federal government would have to "maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis".

Perdue said that "the potential is there" for a deal to protect the "Dreamers" but that Democrats needed to get serious.