Trump said he was only expressing what many people think, but will not say, about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a source who spoke to the president as the controversy unfolded. The meeting revolved around a bipartisan proposal to restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries as part of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at the meeting to try to sell the president on a compromise plan to protect about 800,000 mostly younger immigrants from deportation, chimed in at the meeting to defend immigrants.
Those who did argued the comments were unvarnished statements on the economic blight in some regions of the world, not an expression of a racial preference. Durbin said Trump repeatedly referred to African countries as "shitholes". I have not read one of them that's inaccurate.
The bipartisan immigration deal that Trump rejected includes a pathway to citizenship for the young immigrants in the US illegally that would take up to 12 years, according to details of the agreement obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.
Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians ... he said, 'Hatians? Members of Congress have a responsibility to the American people and our democracy to impeach him", Waters said in a statement on her website.
"Those sentiments and the way he handled the meetings are not going to bring Democrats closer to the president on substance", the aide said, adding that the comment gives "a glimpse into the reasoning why" the president rejected a deal after "Democrats met him more than halfway". We have Haitians who are driving cabs all throughout this country.
Journalist Amélie Baron ran down a list of stereotypes promoted about the country in recent years, referencing a flap where a Weather Channel meteorologist claimed that Haitian children were so hungry they ate trees, another statement reportedly made by Trump in 2017 that Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS", and Trump's remark from Thursday.
Haitians lost their lives.
"Never said take them out". To borrow a slogan that many Americans of different backgrounds have been using since the beginning of this presidency, today we mourn, tomorrow we fight. "But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong".
He said that Trump should focus on the substance of the immigration reform bill and making sure it includes funding for policies he has long advocated for, including a border wall and enhanced border security. "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia", United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.
"I would like to believe that the president's intentions are not to be divisive, but much of what he says seems or feels to be divisive", King III told AP in an interview. The current immigration moment, he said, presents a "once in a generation opportunity" that can't be passed up.