President Donald Trump’s blast at immigrants from “shithole” countries was a bombshell
Washington: President Donald Trump reportedly took a stand at a Thursday meeting with legislators on immigration reform, and demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries.
Trump sat down with senators and congressmen at the White House to discuss a proposed double agreement that would prevent immigrants from bringing relatives into the country and restricting the green card visa lottery in exchange for protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants against deportation.
“Why do we let all these people from the Shithole countries come here? “Trump said, according to people who had been informed about the meeting that was talking to The Washington Post.
The New York Times later reported the same comment, referring to undisclosed individuals with direct knowledge of the meeting.
The president referred to African countries and Haiti and then proposed that the United States welcome immigrants from places such as Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.
The comments alarmed and mystified the people attending the meeting.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin came to the White House to outline their two-legged compromise but were in the room with different republican immigration-hard rules.
Graham and Durbin are leading efforts to codify protection for so-called ‘dreamers‘, immigrants who have come illegally to the United States as children.
In return, the deal would put an end to the extensive migration of family chains.
It would also have cut the visa lottery program by half and give priority to certain countries in the system, instead of deleting it completely, as various Republicans have proposed as part of an agreement.
The president and legislators are in the midst of intensive negotiations on how they can protect nearly 800,000 “dreamers” against deportation.
Last year, Trump abolished the Obama Age Deferred Action for Youth Arrivals program (DACA), which protected immigrants and gave Congress a deadline of 5 March to find a solution.
The White House did not deny the report on Trump’s use of language but instead suggested that the president “fights for permanent solutions” that strengthen the nation, partly through the use of a merit-based immigration system.
“Certain politicians in Washington choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said spokesman Raj Shah of the White House in a statement.
“He will always refuse temporary, weak and dangerous emergency measures that threaten the lives of hard-working Americans and undermine immigrants looking for a better life in the United States via a legal route.”
Some Democrats took Trump’s suspicion to suggest that he is anti-immigrant.
“We have always known that President Trump does not like people from certain countries or people or certain colors,” Congressman Luis Gutierrez said.
“We can now say with 100% certainty that the president is a racist who does not share the values laid down in our constitution.”