Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Trump questions allowing immigrants from Haiti, Africa, other 's-hole' countries

Trump questions allowing immigrants from Haiti, Africa, other 's-hole' countries

"What do we want Haitians here for?", the president asked, according to the people briefed. Aides said Trump appeared to agree with the deal earlier in the day, but became frustrated with it during the meeting.

The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States. Trump met Wednesday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House.

Trump has always been anti-immigration with rhetoric painting them as the ones bringing crime and radicalization to the US.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, of Utah, said in response to the vulgar remark, "I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President's comments".

Beyond the shocking language, Thursday's meeting represented a major hurdle in discussions over a permanent substitute for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, established by executive order by President Barack Obama, following Trump's announcement in September that he would end the program.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn made the point directly to Trump during the meeting, saying that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both told the President at a legislative retreat with Republicans over the weekend that only a bill with Trump's support would move forward for a vote. The preliminary document is being worked out by a bipartisan group of six senators, and would also involve Trump's request for $1.6 billion (€1.3 billion) to build the first section of his wall on the border with Mexico.

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The Fix's Eugene Scott explains how Trump's "shithole countries" comment is the latest example of his history of demeaning statements on nonwhite immigrants.

UPDATE: In a statement, the White House does not deny that the president said the above quote behind closed doors. "The White House went on to say Trump wants immigrants who can "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

President Donald Trump at the White House, on January 11, 2018. For the rest of us, revulsion is a more common reaction, and a desire to strictly limit immigration from there to those people we can properly vet is quite appropriate.

The president apparently wants to roll back protections for immigrants from said "shithole countries". While Trump was having his supposed outburst his administration was removing Temporary Protected Status from some 200,000 Salvadorans, most of whom are not black people, who had entered the country illegally. "We haven't quite gotten there, but we feel like we're close". Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) and Sen.

UPDATE - 5:20pm EST: Buzzfeed News has spoken to a source who confirms that the "sh*thole" comment occurred.

A previous version of this article included an incorrect figure for the spending proposed on border security under a bipartisan immigration deal.

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