Trump has denied making the remarks, but Illinois Democratic Sen.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said on Thursday the comments "smack of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".
In his ruling, Alsup said the federal government did not have to process new applications from people who had never before received protection under the programme.
WASHINGTON A federal judges decision to block Trump administration plans to phase out protections for so-called undocumented "dreamers" brought sharp backlash Wednesday from the White House, calling the injunction "outrageous".
"There has not been a deal reached yet", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said the White House would keep working with Congress to try to get something done. Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation. "I think people are attaching them in their minds as far as leverage is concerned, but they won't be technically attached as far as legislation is concerned". "The president made it clear to me on the phone less than an hour ago that he wasn't going to do that".
They watched in horror on Tuesday as he met at the White House with members of Congress from both parties to negotiate a deal to protect Dreamers from deportation.
Late on January 9th, Judge William Alsup blocked the Trump administration's attempt to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Some Democrats are threatening to withhold their votes - which Republicans will need to push that legislation through Congress - unless an immigration accord is reached.
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All of this left lawmakers confused Tuesday as to the future of DACA.
That's according to two people briefed on an Oval Office meeting held Thursday.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill that the group - which included Flake; Graham; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. - presented what amounted to a small group agreement but the White House did not sign off.
"I'm grateful for it right now because many people who have DACA can renew, so that means they're safe right now", said Leon. The program, which aims to provide visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration to United States, now distributes up to 50,000 visas a year.
The group was on track to address border security and other issues, such as preferential treatment for family members of immigrants already in the U.S.
"The American people don't want that style of immigration reform", Cotton told reporters about the bipartisan senators' offer.
He later called it a "joke" of a proposal.
While a large majority of Americans - 63% - oppose Trump's plan to build a wall along the US's southern border with Mexico, Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided in their views, with 78% of Republicans supporting the plan and 91% of Democrats opposing it. They're trying to find a deal to protect young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.