US President Donald Trump desperately sought on Friday to quell a growing storm triggered by his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, in a slur denounced as "racist" by the United Nations.
Cécile Accilien, director of the Institute of Haitian Studies and associate professor of African & African-American studies at the University of Kansas, joined the chorus of condemnation and urged the president to learn some of the history that affects Haiti today. "It's actually the complete opposite", she said. "Do we need more Haitians?'".
"By passing a clean DREAM Act and in fact welcoming immigrants, not just saying they welcome immigrants", she said.
"They're trying to take away our culture".
We teach our children that sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us, but the truth is words can hurt and hurt deeply.
The fallout over Trump's reported comments at Thursday's meeting has been swift.
President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from "shithole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting those from Africa and Haiti, according to people briefed on the conversation.
"Chain migration" as a term is offensive, Durbin said he told the president. I was fortunate enough to work with the people in Haiti for two years after the devastating natural disaster and have been going to Africa since 2006.
According to news reports, he then suggested that we bring more people from other countries like Norway.
"I doubt that a comment like that would have been made if somebody like me was sitting across the table from him", Love said. "The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel".
Thursday's "shithole" comment was reminiscent of one of the darkest chapters of the Trump presidency: his blaming of "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer - rather than condemning the actions of white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members that resulted in the death of one protestor and opened up the country's racial divide. I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said of the meeting at the White House.
President Donald Trump makes incendiary remarks, and the rest of us, well a good majority, are outraged.
The sources said the president made the remark in a meeting as Sen.
President Donald Trump's dismissal of Haiti and certain African countries with a vulgar expression has created a furor.
"As a nation, a sovereign state, we expect to be respected by others".
But the deal was rejected by the U.S. president, who contested that people who fled to America after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay. But what about Trump's Republican allies, in Congress and beyond?
The president should be more than criticized. "Our country is better than this".
In November, Trump threw a wrench into his administration's effort to defend the travel ban by sharing on Twitter three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British activist.
"Not everyone who supports Trump is a racist". And a number of his supporters seem to share them. But the problem with Trump's speech isn't the form, it's the content, which is frequently racist, misogynist, or xenophobic.
King called Trump a "poisonous influence" on the country, the rule of law, common decency and fundamental moral values.
" Yesterday, January 11, in the Oval Office during a meeting with several senators who were trying to broker a bipartisan deal on immigration". "There's a reason why they all want to come here - these places are shitholes". "He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".
In response to the right-wing defences of Trump's statement, people have slammed them on Twitter. "These are human beings, not commodities".
About an hour later, the president denied saying anything negative at all about Haitians but made no mention of El Salvador of Africa.
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