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Trump just made the immigration deal he wants that much harder

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump torched himself and may have singed his immigration plans.

That’s because Trump sapped his own leverage in bipartisan negotiations over an immigration deal when he reportedly asked lawmakers why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” — Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa — but doesn’t take more from Norway.

Some members of Trump’s party quickly condemned the remarks as insensitive, and many Democrats simply called them “racist.”

If Trump wants a big immigration deal now, he’ll have to “give a lot more to both Democrats and Republicans who want a more compassionate approach,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the advocacy group National Immigration Forum. “He’s going to lose leverage in this negotiation.”

Here’s how that would work: The backlash against the president’s comments would make it harder for Democrats to vote for a deal he likes, forcing him to make concessions that could anger his own base to win majorities in the House and Senate.




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