"Isn't it sad", Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, a prominent Haitian women's group, told a crowd of several dozen. David Perdue (R-GA) - who, like Trump, have advocated for not only ending illegal immigration but also reducing legal immigration to raise Americans' wages - said in a joint statement that they "do not recall" the president making the statements.
And, all of a sudden, a hoped-for bipartisan deal on immigration was plunged into the muck of ignorance and xenophobia - three days before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and one day before the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haitian natural disaster on January 12, 2010.
"We should have more people from Norway", Trump allegedly said.
"I think it's going to go very well".
So we're naturally saddened by reports that President Donald Trump, during negotiations on immigration reform, asked why the United States should permit more immigrants from "s***hole countries" such as Haiti and the nations of Africa.
President Donald Trump later admitted having used "tough language" but added that what was really tough was the "outlandish proposal" for a compromise deal of juvenile migrants (DACA) which he believes would be a step back for the United States.
Trump's contemptuous blanket description of African countries startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.
Last year, the president reportedly said the 15,000 Haitians who immigrated to the U.S.
Thursday's White House huddle was held to discuss a bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country, restrict the green card visa lottery and boost border security, in exchange for shielding hundreds of thousands of young people known as "Dreamers" from deportation. His comments stunned the assembled lawmakers, some of whom had arrived to persuade the President to support a fledgling bipartisan immigration deal.
"Racism is not recognized under the law as reason for immigration policy", he said. At the time, the doctor said Mr. Trump was 6 foot 3 and 236 pounds, which qualifies him as overweight and almost obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
"Eight years later, there are still people under the rubble".
"People who came here were the poor, the huddled masses", he continued. "Instead, we will find unity only when we recognize that in our current president we have elected, perhaps for the first time in our history, an enemy of compassion. We will never forget".