WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and immigration (all times local):
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.
The tentative immigration agreement by a bipartisan group of lawmakers includes President Donald Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a first installment on his long-sought border wall.
That’s according to aides familiar with the pact, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been made public. Trump’s request covers 74…