Trump used the words "shithole countries" to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in response to lawmakers suggested they restore protections for immigrants from there, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
This comes a day after Trump had questioned why the USA accepts immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some nations in Africa, calling those places "s***hole countries", when instead it could take more from countries such as Norway, whose Prime Minister Trump recently met.
Durbin, Graham and their allies drafted a plan that would eliminate the diversity visa lottery as Trump demanded, but would allow some immigrants now in the USA under temporary protected status, which lets people stay in the country after natural disasters or other crises in their home nations.
The questions came Friday in the White House when Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to The Daily Beast. Trump later denied the remarks, tweeting, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
"You've seen the comments in the press", Durbin said at an event in Chicago, according to CNN. "They're shithole countries. We should have more people from Norway".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted. "It is not true". Never said "take them out". In a separate part of the conversation about the diversity visa lottery, the source said, Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from "sh**hole countries".
Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians.
Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.
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The African Union pointed out many Africans arrived in the U.S.as slaves.
Altidor said Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rodrigue told him that the USA chargé d'affaires in Haiti, Robin Diallo, had been summoned to explain the reported slur.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump "espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" the president added. Do we need more Haitians?' And then he went on when we started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure.
After backlash surrounding President Donald Trump's comments about "s**thole countries", he declared Friday that skin color and place of birth were irrelevant when considering equality among human beings.
Trump has repeatedly called for ending chain migration and replacing it with a legal immigration system that brings immigrants to the U.S.in lower levels and based on their merit, English proficiency skills, and ability to readily assimilate to American culture. I want safety and security for our people.
As an immigrant justice advocate, I of course want legal status for everyone trying to make it in this country.