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

What's Next for Immigration Reform After Trump Profanity?

What's Next for Immigration Reform After Trump Profanity?

President Donald Trump on Friday offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. "I can say now, Donald Trump is a racist", she said. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the room with the president, told reporters that the comments were accurate.

Trump's former political rival was reacting to remarks reportedly made by the President during a briefing session in the Oval Office when he is alleged to have launched into a rant against immigrants.

As Breitbart News reported, five years of chain migration to the USA adds more people to the country than one year of American births.

On Thursday, Trump reportedly questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in Africa.

Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the U.S. He gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

Leaders in Long Island's Haitian, Salvadoran and immigrant-advocacy communities, who gathered at a news conference Friday in Hempstead, said the controversy confirms their belief that the administration is pursuing biased and racist policies.

"If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States". When it came to the issue of, quote, "chain migration", I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?

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Trump reportedly asked in a conversation about immigration with members of Congress.

The president is pushing back against accusations that he profanely insulted other countries.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes" whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome", Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

Reports of the president's language referring to people of colour from the other countries drew criticism from US lawmakers of both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist. "When you think about immigrants from Norway and immigrants from Haiti, or African countries, what's the difference except skin color?" she questioned. His office did not respond to calls for comment made Friday.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, called the White House to tell Trump that a bipartisan group of senators had struck a deal to put Dreamers on a path to citizenship, beef up border security and take other steps to change immigration laws. The president insisted on Twitter Friday that he didn't use that language. It is grotesque and we must endure it for another three or seven years, given that the Republicans have a stranglehold on power right now and are more invested in holding onto that power than working for the greater good of all Americans.

Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as "shithole countries" after triggering worldwide outrage. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems. Or does the GOP share the president's disdain for immigrants of color - "bad hombres" - and yearn for more Norwegians?

In a statement it said it had asked the US government, through its ambassador, to "clarify" if the derogatory remark also applied to Botswana given that there were Botswana nationals living in the United States and others who wished to go there. "We're better than this", Biden wrote.

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