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>> President Trump on Sunday saying in a pair tweets that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is probably dead. And again demanded a merit-based immigration system. Reuters' correspondent Pete Schroeder is in Washington.>> The President seems to be taking a bit more of an offensive approach regarding the immigration issue, obviously with his harsh tweet on DACA this morning.
Basically laying blame at the foot of Democrats, who he says aren't willing to actually find a solution and just want to talk about the issue. But it bears noting that this is an issue that came about because the President himself had said that he wanted to do away with the program.
This entire debate was set off by effectively the President, saying that he wanted to discontinue the program. And effectively laying at Congress' feet to find a different solution for this particular policy challenge going forward. So that's what really set off all these negotiations, was the President saying he wanted to cancel the program as is.
>> Trump's Sunday morning tweets came less than 12 hours after US Immigration Services said it would resume accepting DACA renewal applications after a court order blocked the Trump administration's move to end the program.>> That's another open question for basically these hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States who are trying to figure out their status in the country.
We have a legislative debate, we have political debate, and then there's also a legal challenge underway as well that's just adding to the uncertainty.>> If that wasn't enough, the immigration debate got even more complicated after was reported that Trump described immigrants from Haiti and Africa as coming from quote, shithole countries.
>> As part of his controversial comments on Thursday, the President expressed an interest in bringing people over from countries like Norway. And then on Sunday he tweeted that he wanted to introduce a more merit-based system. But as some of his critics have noted, the location a person is from has nothing to do with the merit-based system that he's expressed a preference for.
>> The battle over immigration policy comes at a critical time in Washington, as Congress must pass a funding bill by Friday, January 19th, or the government will shut down.>> There are many Democrats who are insisting that they won't support a government funding package until this issue with these quote unquote, dreamers, is addressed.
So now we're dealing with this very possible outcome that if these immigration talks stall, we may be looking at a potential government shutdown at the end of the week.>> DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me.