Pro-immigrant group launches campaign following ‘s---hole’ comments

Pro-immigrant group launches campaign following ‘s---hole’ comments
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An immigration advocacy group released Wednesday a series of ads targeting Republican senators that reference President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's alleged comments about "shithole countries."

The high five-figure digital ad purchase by iAmerica Action will run through the week, ahead of Friday's government shutdown deadline.

"Build dreams, not walls," reads the generic ad set to run in Washington, D.C., followed by a quote attributed to Trump: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

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The ad will also target Republican Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE (Alaska), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers eager for 5G breakthrough MORE (Colo.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans MORE (Fla.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (Maine), and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (Nev.) in their home states.

The comments were attributed to Trump by Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump praises law enforcement response to shooting at Illinois business Five dead in shooting at manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (D-Ill.) after a White House meeting to discuss a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) replacement proposed by a bipartisan group of senators that included Durbin and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview MORE (R-S.C.).

Trump reportedly made the comment in reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, a central part of the discussion because of proposed changes to the diversity lottery and family reunification programs.

Congress has until Friday to agree on a funding deal to avoid a government shutdown, and many Democrats have said they won't vote for any funding bill unless DACA is addressed.

Trump rescinded DACA in September, giving Congress until March 5 to find a permanent replacement. At the time, the program had about 690,000 beneficiaries who were allowed to live and work in the United States despite being undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors.