White House Pushes Back at Times Immigration Report: 'Outrageous'

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He branded Afghanistan, which had 2,500 of its citizens getting United States visa, a terrorist haven.

Other top administration officials who attended the June meeting, such as then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, attempted to explain to Trump that numerous visa holders were merely traveling to the U.S. for short visits before returning to their home countries.

Trump's effort to change USA immigration policy has been a disorderly and sometimes dysfunctional process, the Times story noted, but even as he has been frustrated by the limits on presidential power, his plans have gained increasing momentum as the White House became more disciplined.

"It's both sad and telling The New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous "sources".

According to a report by New York Times, Trump made racist statements against Haitians and Africans while in a meeting at the White House.

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The report said the Oval Office meeting amid the mid year included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at that point Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and senior authorities, including White House counsel Stephen Miller, who the Times said had given Trump a rundown of what number of workers got visas to enter the United States in 2017. The New York Times said the comments had been reported by two unnamed officials. Tillerson responded by throwing up his arms in frustration and arguing that if he was so bad at his job, maybe he should stop issuing visas altogether, according to The Times.

While Donald Trump has already made major moves to enact his strict anti-immigrant agenda, the president is reportedly deeply frustrated that he hasn't been able to do more to close America's borders to outsiders, and to expel those he feels have overstayed their welcome.

Tempers flared and Mr. Kelly asked that the room be cleared of staff members.

"We have taken a giant steamliner barreling full speed", Mr. Miller said in a recent interview.

"He's basically saying, 'You people of color coming to America seeking the American dream are a threat to the white people.' He's come into office with an aggressive strategy of trying to reverse the demographic changes underway in America", explained Frank Sharry, the executive director of America's Voice.