Local African immigrants respond to president's comment

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

The ambassadors issued their response to Trump following an emergency meeting held Friday about the President's use of crass language to reject an immigration bill.

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"They say it's about numbers, merit, security and control", Frank Sharry of the immigrant rights group America's Voice said of organizations that share Trump's desire to reduce both illegal and legal immigration to the U.S.

Trump, who has been accused of racism over several issues since he took office a year ago, sought to walk back the comments on Friday, saying on Twitter, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". One said lawmakers in the room were taken aback by Trump's remarks.

Trump reportedly demanded to know why the USA should accept immigrants from "s***hole countries", after lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador.

The intervention of Ghana and Namibia followed a similar tone to strongly worded comments from the African Union and African ambassadors to the United Nations that called the reported remarks xenophobic and racist. Trump didn't answer this or any other question shouted by reporters about his remarks. DACA protects from deportation the almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Durbin, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday, saying, "He said, 'Haitians". The White House had made clear that Trump's examination would not include a psychiatric exam. Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The official said each envoy should note what an honor it is to be in their post and how much they value the relationship with the people of their host country. "I can not leave them alone to hear racist barbs, evil speech, incendiary comment, and blasphemous slander against the image and likeness of God in which they are made".

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the US President is reported to have asked legislators on Thursday while discussing protecting immigrants from these countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal at the White House. "We have consistently been portrayed as s*y people from s*y countries".

Friday's examination did not entail a psychiatric assessment, but members of Congress reportedly had a psychiatry professor brief them about Mr Trump in a Capitol Hill meeting last month.

On social media, users across the continent on Friday posted images of modern skylines and attractive nature from their countries with the ironic hashtag "shithole".

"Ours is not a s**thole country, neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", said Duarte.

"If confirmed these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States". "[His] words and his actions tend to speak like one who knows something about being a racist".

Trump's political allies have been through this dance before, grappling with how to position themselves after a president whose supporters they covet stakes out controversial positions.

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Durbin said that despite Trump's rejection of the bipartisan deal he would introduce it as legislation next week and work on getting Democratic and Republican support for passage.

"Sadly we have #shithole leaders like Trump shitting on us every day".

Federal agencies will run out of money and have to shut down if lawmakers don't pass legislation extending their financing by January 19.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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