"What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"
Haitians have taken special offense to Donald Trump's "shithole" slur targeting countries including the island nation, where some detect a hint of racism linked to their historic independence as the first black republic.
Senator Durbin, a member of the Democratic Party, was at the White House meeting on Thursday.
"It seems like the damage the president has caused among those who don't support him is probably irreparable at this time", Sherman said. "I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians".
He said he preferred immigrants from Norway because they were white and had blonde hair, according to press reports, quoting sources who attended the meeting. There is no other word for it but racist.
As the controversy erupted, Mr Trump delivered a scheduled speech to mark Martin Luther King day from the Roosevelt Room in the White House. My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honor bound to resign.
They should, in fact, seek to counsel the president about what has made America extraordinarily great - our immigration, our open borders.
"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" upon being presented with protections for immigrants from African countries.
"It cuts like a knife", National Action Network State President Elder James Johnson said of the remarks.More news: Korea's participation in PyeongChang Winter Olympics
The Senate minority whip also told MSNBC today that Graham "spoke up and made a direct comment on what the president said".
"As a human, when people say that, I don't think that's what we expect from the President of the United States to talk about another ethnicity. We need to respect and welcome all - no exceptions", Walsh tweeted.
The Trump administration announced late previous year that it would end a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States following a devastating 2010 natural disaster.
Senator Durbin said that after yesterday's meeting any hope for a deal "died".
Cape Town - US residents and leaders have come out to condemn President Donald Trump after he reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as "shitholes".
After a brief period this week when things seemed to be normal in Washington, D.C., for a change, and Trump was garnering praise for acting presidential in his attempts to broker an immigration deal between Democrats and Republicans in Congress, everything headed south again on Thursday.
Several commentators compared Mr Trump's depiction of immigrants from some countries to the treatment that Irish people received in previous times, including MSNBC news presenter Lawrence O'Donnell.
And despite the president's opposition, Durbin said lawmakers still plan to vote on a plan reforming DACA next week.