Trump blasts Democrats as 'all talk and no action' on fixing DACA

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Trump came back on the issue in a pair of early morning tweets three days after reportedly referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from "shithole countries", triggering global condemnation.

The Trump administration has resumed accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a programme that protects certain illegal immigrants from deportation, renewal requests as a result of a federal court order.

Despite Trump's claims, Democrats have pushed to provide more funding for border security in exchange for the continuation of the DREAMERS Act.

After hearing Allsup's decision, the White House strongly condemned what some may say is judicial overreach. Republicans at the meeting mostly have declined to discuss the talks in detail.

"I can't defend the indefensible", said Mia Love, a Haitian-American congresswoman from Utah who campaigned on Trump's behalf in the country's Haitian community. "I think that would show real leadership", she said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. I want safety and security for our people. Trump admitted on Twitter to using "tough" language at the meeting, but appeared to deny using the phrase. "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017", the agency said in a statement Saturday.

"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.

In a second tweet a few minutes later, he wrote: "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".

Republican Senator David Perdue, who was at the same White House meeting and had said he did not recall whether Trump made the comment, was more explicit Sunday.

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been critical of Trump, said Democrats were serious about a bipartisan deal on immigration. They have targeted the abolition of a special program allowing citizens of some countries to apply for visas distributed by lottery as well as rules allowing naturalized US citizens to sponsor family members for legal status - a system Republican critics refer to as "chain migration". The dreamers would be allowed to stay but not become United States citizens, according to Flake.

Trump promised to end the program during the presidental campaign, and in announcing it was being phased out, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it an unconstitutional circumvention of Congress.

Republicans are seeking an increase in military spending; Democrats want a DACA deal and a matching increase in nondefense funding.

Trump gave Congress six months to find a way to allow immigrant approved for the DACA program to remain in the US permanently.

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