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

Trump's immigration remarks denounced by Florida lawmakers, represent second snub towards Haitians

Trump's immigration remarks denounced by Florida lawmakers, represent second snub towards Haitians

Curbelo said Trump's vulgar comments will raise awareness outside Miami, and his spokesperson said "several Republicans have approached Carlos about it".

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were in a White House meeting with him Thursday when Trump, according to sources, expressed frustration with people coming to the USA from "shithole countries".

Trump reportedly asked, "Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here".

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", a statement from White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

President Trump's remarks, first reported by the Washington Post, came to light Thursday as Trump railed against a proposed deal to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The senior Democratic senator Dick Durbin, who was in the meeting, subsequently said that he had.

Haiti's ambassador in Washington has also asked for an apology, as Trump reportedly specifically questioned the protections granted to Haitian immigrants after the quake. Rather than try to interpret or soften Trump's remarks, diplomats were encouraged to focus on specific areas where the two countries are cooperating — trade, for example — and to emphasize that those tangible aspects of the relationship transcend anything the president did or didn't say, said the officials, who weren't authorized to disclose private conversations and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.

President Jovenel Moise's government issued a strongly worded statement denouncing what it called a "racist" view of Haitian immigrants and people from African countries.

"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said at WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee.

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The African Union said it was "frankly alarmed" by Trump's comments. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. "But for him to confront the president as he did, literally sitting next to him, took extraordinary political courage, and I respect him for it", Durbin said.

Democratic Senator Richard Durbin had just been discussing U.S. temporary residency permits granted to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, say United States media.

Trump denied on Friday using such derogatory language, but he was widely condemned in many African countries and in Haiti and El Salvador, and by global rights organisations.

When asked how his uncle would have responded to Trump's comments on Thursday, Farris Jr. said that he would have urged Trump "not to refer to African countries like that". "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust". Yesterday he denied using that language.

While Kalondo said the comments were "clearly" racist, she didn't believe they indicated a shift in the U.S. stance towards Africa.

But including TPS beneficiaries in an immigration deal will require support from Republican leaders in Congress, who will be loath to disappoint Trump.

And Rep. Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville, on Friday called Trump's reference "disgusting, divisive (and) racist".

The White House did not deny the comment, which was widely reported by other USA media. "This is the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, making these racist statements".

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