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Rep. Charlie Dent: Trump Haiti Comments Makes DACA Difficult

Rep. Charlie Dent: Trump Haiti Comments Makes DACA Difficult
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By    |   Monday, 15 January 2018 10:44 AM

If it's true that President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and other countries with a vulgarity,  then that is an "alarming" development that could make it difficult to reach an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Rep. Charlie Dent said Monday.

"I wasn't in the meeting, so I don't know exactly what was said," the Pennsylvania Republican told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "But if it's true as was reported by Sen. [Dick] Durbin, then confirmed by Sen. [Lindsey] Graham, the comments obviously have to be denounced."

Further, in the light of several other statements the president has made in the past year, the comments during the DACA meeting are are "even more alarming."

"I'm most concerned that we can still find some type of agreement on the Dreamers-DACA border security component," said Dent. "I hope that is not blown up because of this."

On Sunday's TV talk shows, both Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who were at the DACA meeting last Thursday, denied that Trump had referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "s***hole countries."

However, Dent said he's accepting what Durbin and Graham confirmed.

Dent said he does believe that members of both parties are ready to make a deal on DACA, and he thinks the proposal Graham and Durbin presented to Trump at last week's contentious meeting is "pretty good."

"It deals with family reunification," he said. "It deals with a number of issues that many of my Republican colleagues have expressed concerns over. It's a very good start. You've also heard about the Goodlatte proposal. I believe that this dreamer proposal should be tied to the budget agreement."

However, he said he's also be happy to do DACA and the budget agreement as separate issues as well, as Democrats have a "fair amount of leverage."

"There are not 218 Republican votes in the house to pass a budget agreement, omnibus bill or certainly on the dreamers," said Dent.

"So there's leverage there and the Democrats know that. They have leverage in the Senate because we need at least eight votes there and we'll need their votes in the House."

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