After President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers Thursday, "Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" and then went on to say, "We should bring in more people from places like Norway", members of Congress, Republican and Democrat alike, mostly distanced themselves from the president.
Marielena Hincapie, the executive director at the National Immigration Law Center, added in a separate statement: "This is not a president who respects the dignity of people of color, and as Americans we must do everything in our power to resist this administration's white supremacist agenda".
In a response to The Washington Post's story on Trump's comment, the White House reaffirmed his concern with the nation's immigration system, but it did not deny he used that language.
A White House official defended Trump's immigration policy but did not dispute The Post's account.
In Thursday's meeting, lawmakers were reportedly proposing restoring the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) permits for certain countries, while offering $1.5bn for a wall that Trump wants built on the U.S. border with Mexico.
"I look forward to getting a more detailing explanation regarding the President's comments", he said.
He also said: "Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA". "I am appalled and disgusted that the man who stands as the symbol of a nation once offering refuge and sanctuary to all immigrants is doing his best to say: 'non-whites need not apply.' Governor Scott needs to denounce these remarks immediately on behalf of the people of Florida". Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said the president's remark was, "not racial".
Trump, who has had a series of meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform over the past several days, said he has a good chance to make a deal.
Trump is also alleged to have said that Haitian migrants all had AIDS, according to the Times. "With what authority do you proclaim who's welcome in America and who's not".
"Miserably racist comments from a disastrously ignorant person in support of mindlessly cruel policies", former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted.
Senator Durbin said that in exchange, people from African countries that have benefitted from that lottery would be given other access to visas as part of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Instead of saying someone is racist, it's more useful to point out that the things they said are racist, because that is both more defensible objectively and less likely to seem like an ad hominem attack. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. - traveled to the White House early Thursday to shop their framework to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. They're not shocking. They're not even really surprising.
"In context of what he was talking about, in an immigration discussion, talking about temporary protective status, in the context of that discussion, he was talking about broader-" Lotter stammered.