>> Where tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now!>> With an ugly fight over immigration still raging in the nation's capitol, lawmakers on Tuesday looked for a way out, as a potential government shutdown loomed Friday at midnight. Yeganeh Torbati is on the story.>> The negotiations are still sort of completely up in the air.
And it's kind of unclear exactly what the White House is going to accept.>> Complicating any deal, President Trump's alleged use of the word shithole to describe several countries during bipartisan talks at the White House last week. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says Trump disparaged Haiti and African countries during negotiations over protecting immigrants brought illegally to the US as children, and said the US should take more people from Norway instead.
Trump and Republican lawmakers have denied he made those specific comments as global condemnation of the remarks has spread.>> Mr. President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway?>> I want them to come in from everywhere, everywhere.>> What do you remember the President saying?
>> On Capitol Hill, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was in last week's meeting, defended Trump under sharp questioning from Democrats, including Durbin.>> What I heard him saying was that he'd like to move away from a country-based quota system to a merit-based system. I don't remember specific word.
What I was struck with, frankly, as I'm sure you were as well, was just the general profanity that was used in the room by almost everyone.>> Did you hear me use profanity?>> No, sir.>> On Twitter, Trump has publicly accused Durbin of lying about his remarks and saying there can be no deal without trust.
Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who have sought a compromise, told reporters Tuesday they believe a deal can still be reached.>> I think there's a chance to reconstruct this.>> Democrats have renewed their demand that any budget agreement to avoid a shutdown include the so-called Dreamers.>> What they are advocating for in part through this bipartisan bill that's been introduced is to basically have some limited security measures.
Have some changes to certain US immigration policies, such as the visa lottery. But then to save some of the biggest changes to US immigration for a larger, more comprehensive bill down the road.>> Many conservatives in Congress opposing that idea. But unless one side gives ground, the government could close its doors this weekend for the second time in the past five years.