Donald Trump Asks: Why Should We Allow Immigrants From Haiti & “Shithole Countries” in Africa
Donald Trump continues to say racist shit.
During a meeting held in the oval office on Thursday, Donald Trump loudly questioned why the United States would accept immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than a country like Norway.
The story was first reported by the Washington Post. The meeting featured Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were trying to pitch a bipartisan immigration proposal, which Trump ended up turning down.
The moment occurred when the issue of DACA — the program which gives legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children — came up. When finding out that the program would affect people from Haiti, Trump said: “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”
Raj Shah, the White House deputy press secretary, put out a statement not denying the claims:
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people. Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
As news of the comment spread, Trump received criticism from a number of representatives from both sides of the aisle. Representative Cedric L. Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the New York Times that the comments were “another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views.”
Representative Mia Love, a Republican of Utah who is Haitian, released a nation saying:
“This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation…The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”