Paul: Both sides 'destroying the setting' for immigration compromise

Paul: Both sides 'destroying the setting' for immigration compromise
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate scraps plan to force second stopgap vote ahead of shutdown On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters MORE (R-Ky.) in a Sunday show interview argued that both sides of the aisle are “destroying the setting” for an immigration compromise, as the debate continues over President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's reported "shithole countries" comment. 

During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul argued that lawmakers won’t reach a deal on immigration if individuals continue calling Trump a racist over his reported comment about African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

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“But what I regret is I do want to see an immigration compromise. And you can’t have an immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the president a racist,” Paul told host Chuck Todd.

Trump has faced intense scrutiny in recent days after The Washington Post reported that he referred to immigrants from African nations, El Salvador and Haiti as coming from “shithole countries.” Critics have condemned the remark as racist.

Paul’s comments come as lawmakers have yet to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump said last year he would rescind the Obama-era program, but provided Congress with a window to craft a legislative fix. 

“But both sides now are destroying the setting in which anything meaningful can happen,” Paul added.