Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

The United Nations human rights office deems Trump's immigration comments 'racist'

The United Nations human rights office deems Trump's immigration comments 'racist'

Trump told senators in the Oval Office, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.

Since August 2017, Trump has called for an end to chain migration, noting how it does not allow the U.S.to select its immigrants - rather opening the door to unskilled, low-wage foreign nationals who exclusively arrive in America to reunify with extended foreign relatives.

Not suprisingly, Trump's comments were met with heavy criticism and condemnation by many. "All I can say is people from every nationality contribute across all industries, and two women from Trinidad and Ghana cared for my mother like she was their own".

Trump previously told Haitian-Americans: "I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion", while he was campaigning previous year in Miami's Little Haiti.

Dick Durbin says he had high hopes of securing President Trump's approval of a bipartisan plan for "Dreamers" when he and South Carolina Republican Sen.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. Jimmy Kimmel expressed his disbelief over Trump's statements saying it was "unfathomable" it is that he's running our country.

'I appreciate Senator Durbin's statements and have enjoyed working with him and many others on this important issue.

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

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Activists marched from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Monument to the Little Haiti Cultural Center waving signs that said "President Trump is a racist!", "Respect Haiti", and "We will not forget". "There are still people who haven't been found", Bastien said.

If Trump can use his vile brand of "tough language" about entire nations of people, he should be willing to listen when somebody throws words like "racist" and "ignorant" right back at him, right?

Commenting on the White House meeting, Graham said on Friday that diversity had always been the United States' strength.

Among others, United Nations spokesperson Rupert Coleville said Trump's reported word choice to refer to nations of non-white people is unequivocally "racist".

Retired Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselasse, who won his first 10,000 Olympic gold medal in the USA city of Atlanta in 1996, told Reuters Trump's comments did not reflect the views of all Americans.

One of the overarching questions as the vote on the federal budget approaches is which components of immigration reform and border security will be included.

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt had earlier tweeted that, judging by Solberg's visit, "keys to success with Trump are personal charm, a solid trade deficit with the USA and buying tons of USA military hardware". The president denied using certain "language", but a Democratic lawmaker in the meeting said the accounts were accurate. "The challenge for us now is now what he said but how we respond".

Independent president candidate and BYU graduate Evan McMullin harshly criticized Trump on Twitter.

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