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NAACP calls on Congress to pass DREAM Act, denounce Trump's 'raw racism'

NAACP calls on Congress to pass DREAM Act, denounce Trump's 'raw racism'
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The NAACP on Friday called on members of Congress to denounce President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE’s “raw racism” following his reported comments about “shithole countries.”

The group organized a conference call with national civil rights leaders who demanded that Congress pass the DREAM Act to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as minors.

“Yesterday, the raw racism of Donald Trump and those driving his immigration and other policy making decisions were on full display as he called for fewer Black people to be admitted into the United States in favor of white immigrants,” the NCAAP said in a release summarizing the call.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, asserted that Trump “lacks the moral courage necessary to lead.”

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“He has demonstrated time and time again that he simply cannot grasp the concept of inclusion, the concept of democracy, the concept of respecting an individual’s humanity,” Johnson said. “Not only should Congress denounce the president’s statements, they should continue to support our history of inclusion and pass the Dream Act."

Democrats and some Republicans have hammered Trump after reports emerged Thursday that he referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries" while discussing immigration with lawmakers at the White House.

The White House did not deny the comments, though Trump tweeted Friday that the remark was “not the language used" while acknowledging that he used "tough" language.

Trump has reportedly defended the comments in private, while Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (D-Ill.), who was at the meeting, confirmed the reports on Friday. Two GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, said they did not recall the comments.

Trump and lawmakers have been scrambling to cut an immigration deal that would satisfy the GOP’s heightened border security desires while protecting so-called “Dreamers” after Trump moved to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

While the program does not provide a pathway to citizenship like the DREAM Act would, it provided work visas to certain immigrants, allowing them to stay in the U.S.