U.S. again accepting DACA renewal requests after judge bucks Trump

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Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children is "probably dead", casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration.

"Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA", the statement said.

The announcement comes four days after a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration to restart the DACAprogram until a lawsuit challenging the administration's decision to end the program plays out in court. "I take a little bit of offense to the suggestion that the president is racist", she said Sunday.

"This might also be a short window to file #DACA renewals given feds are likely to appeal", tweeted Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. She urged those eligible for renewal to prepare their applications promptly. Democrats have been demanding protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding that could include money for Trump's promised border wall.

On Wednesday, he said a merit-based system will allow only people with "great track record" to enter the country.

Trump, who railed against the judicial system after the judge's decision, went after congressional Democrats on Sunday.

Trump, who used a vulgarity to describe Haiti and African nations during an Oval Office meeting on an immigration deal Thursday with Democrats and Republicans, tweeted Sunday that Democrats aren't interested in reaching an agreement and "just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military".

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"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".

Trump preceded that message with a tweet that simply said: "America First!"

Trump's tweet drew a response from Sen.

Perdue said that "the potential is there" for a deal to protect the "Dreamers" but that Democrats needed to get serious. "It's time to lead and support the bipartisan deal". She said that the bipartisan proposal rejected by Trump did not address core security issues facing her department and that Trump's administration was not interested in "half measures".

Trump denied making those comments. Lindsey Graham of SC, issued a statement that did not specifically confirm the words used but backed up Durbin's account.

But other Republicans, pained by the turn of events, spoke out against the president as debate over the slur spilled into Sunday television talk shows.

Senator David Purdue, a Republican from Georgia, called charges that Trump is racist "ridiculous" and his reported remarks a "gross misrepresentation" of the White House meeting on immigration.

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