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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Budowsky: Kavanaugh and the rights of women Key GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand MORE (Alaska), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Colorado governor sets up federal PAC before potential 2020 campaign Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE (Colo.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (Fla.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: My office has gotten 'pretty ugly voicemails, threats' over Kavanaugh The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Budowsky: Kavanaugh and the rights of women MORE (Maine), and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Trump to fundraise for Heller, Tarkanian in Nevada The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE (Nev.) in their home states.

The comments were attributed to Trump by Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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 Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser 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.