The same day, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump's decision to rescind DACA, saying the U.S. government must start accepting renewal applications again from current beneficiaries of the program.
Democrats want to stave off deportation of some 800,000 immigrants now protected by an Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Then-President Barack Obama created DACA by executive order in 2012, but Trump announced past year that he was discontinuing it and gave lawmakers until March 5 (when the program is set to expire) to come up with a permanent legislative solution for these young migrants, who otherwise could face deportation even though for many of them the USA is the only country they have ever called home.
The six senators have been meeting for months to find a way to revive protections for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S.as children and are here illegally.
Later Wednesday, Trump once again specified that funding for a border wall must be part of a DACA deal.
"I'm telling you, he did not use that word", he said on ABC's "This Week" program.
The agency said on Saturday that people who were previously granted deferred action under the program could request a renewal if it had expired on or after September 5, 2016. The African Union, a group representing the continent's 55 countries, issued a blistering statement saying the Trump had dishonored United States values.
The Republican president sought to walk back comments he reportedly made to senators on Thursday at a White House meeting, saying, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".
President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that any bill to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants should include funding for a border wall, sparking more confusion after contradictory statements in recent days. I'll be on the phone today with my Republican colleagues and my Democratic colleagues begging them to support this measure. "If you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat, I don't care".
"First of all, Jake, we are there", he said.
While Trump has said he did not make the remark about Haiti, Sen.
Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.
The 55-member African Union said it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments.
And in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump backed away from remarks he made on Tuesday in which he said he could eventually consider legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in the United States. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Tuesday night's ruling "outrageous, especially in light of the President's successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day".
Also in Thursday's Oval Office meeting were House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and two conservative lawmakers who've taken a hard line on immigration: Sen. And Democrats in the Senate have an advantage because there are four Republicans who could join 49 Democrats to pass what the Democrats want and is contrary to what the House passes. They are all talk and no action.
The reported language was the latest in a long string of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim comments by Trump that have been condemned as racist.
"We knew something was wrong because we were told to avoid la migra, the trucks, to give false information if we were asked", she said.