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Cory Booker: I am 'seething with anger' over Trump immigrant remarks

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Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in that meeting. "It's unacceptable. It can't be tolerated in the United States".

"I actually do not know that, sir", Nielsen replied.

Booker did not find Nielsen's story persuasive. Which is, um, not the question at hand.

"How did he characterize those countries?"

"I don't specifically remember", she said.

The White House says the current system brings too many people to the country who can not assimilate and lack skills and education to contribute to society. "There was - I - apologies, I don't remember a specific word".

Nielsen, under oath, told the Senate panel she did not hear Trump's reported comments at last week's meeting. You imply the president was articulating support for a merit-based immigration system like those in Australia or Canada.

"I think the president is encouraging us to go as quickly as we can", Nielsen responded. On Tuesday, he rejected reports that he had expressed a preference for immigrants from places such as Norway at last week's meeting.

I can sum Nielsen's answer up in one word: "Yes". But it included terrorist acts committed overseas (though it didn't say exactly how many), doesn't provide a breakdown of how many individuals were arrested for acts committed on United States soil and doesn't explain how many foreign nationals were radicalized only after entering the US.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told reporters that he believed Miller had played a role in convincing Trump to blast the bipartisan deal.

"Many of these children do not even have memories of their home country and now in our nation they are doing things that are extraordinary".

What I was not expecting was that Nielsen would raise a question about whether Norwegians are mostly white. This isn't: The President said.

"I would hope the President and Republican leaders wouldn't want to humiliate themselves by not going forward with what we agreed to", Leahy said, turning around and acknowledging how vague he'd been as he walked into an elevator.

He asked Nielsen if she recalled the President saying during the White House meeting that he wanted $20 billion in funding and he would have the border wall built in a year. "I share your passion. And they were not used by the president", she said.

"Let's see", Nielsen said, "strong language. You don't remember? You can't remember the words of your commander in chief?" asked the New Jersey senator. "Why am I frankly seething with anger", he asks. While she admitted the president had used "tough language", she said others in the room had done the same.

He told Hayes tonight she was trying to "cover up for the vile and bigoted words of the President".

Durbin: Did you hear me use profanity? Graham had not yet arrived at the hearing.

Durbin: What did he say? "Others in the room were also using tough language".

Earlier this month, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" that politicians should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

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