Cuba condemns Trump's "racist" statements on Haiti, El Salvador

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2018

Trump said, after lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) listens as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin speaks during a bipartisan meeting with legislators on immigration reform at the White House in Washington on January 9, 2018.

The president later said of his controversial remarks on Twitter that "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

But Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was present at the meeting, told MSNBC on Friday that Trump had used the slur to describe those countries.

The Washington Post reported the comments Thursday.

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States", U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said. "The community of people without regard to race, class, culture or religion", said Judge Hatchett.

"You can not dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations who are not white, are therefore not welcome", said Rupert Coleville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

As Haitian-Americans gathered later in the day in Little Haiti to commemorate the 8-year anniversary of the devastating natural disaster that hit Haiti, many expressed their outrage about the president's comment.

- At a Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation signing on Friday, President Donald Trump ignored questions from a reporter asking if he is a racist.

House speaker Paul Ryan described the comments as "unfortunate" and said he had been immediately reminded of his own Irish heritage. It really does not exemplify that office and really deplore those kinds of comments and would say these are not the kind of statements that should be made. But the suggestion Trump directed his wrath at these nations or their governments rather than their residents who are desperate to escape to a better life here is at odds with his record and with the message received by those in the room. "No matter the colour of our skin or place of our birth we are all equal". Trump had met with the Norwegian prime minister on Wednesday. On Friday (local time) the President tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haiti aside from noting it's a poor country.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians", the president said.

Enough is enough! If the head of any corporation said what the president said yesterday, that person would be fired. He also claimed the deal would force the USA to "to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", but did not offer any specifics or evidence.

Jacques immigrated to Jacksonville in 2009 and now helps other immigrants from his home country.

In fiscal year 2016, 1.18 million people became legal permanent residents of the United States, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.

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