Local African immigrants respond to president's comment

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The African Union responded to President Donald Trump's description of African nations as "shithole countries." .

Trump tweeted a denial, saying he used tough language at the immigration reform meeting, but not 'sh**hole'. "I can not believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". "This is for anyone who may be taken aback by my comments: I don't really care if you are".

African politicians and diplomats have been put in an awkward position by Mr Trump's remarks, with some hesitating to jeopardise their relationships with the U.S. as others came out and labelled him a racist.

"Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian".

Donald Trump ragging on immigrants from "sh*hole countries" in a January 11 Oval Office meeting has gotten him into some deep. well, sh*t. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., were also pushing for lowered levels of legal immigration.

"The real White House: Trump calls Haiti and African countries "shithole" countries to the face of members of Congress, and uses Norway to prove his racism", wrote Andreas Wiese, a newspaper commentator who manages a cultural center in Oslo.

The reference was to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

He was immediately denounced as a "racist" who praised white immigrants over ethnic minorities with the United Nations calling the comments "shocking and shameful". "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit U.S. resources". A large proportion of diversity visa lottery recipients come from African nations.

Benjamin Grivaux said "we must keep a correct language, especially when we speak about countries that sometimes suffered from bad weather, a great poverty and that are in a great distress".

"The American people will ultimately judge us on the outcome we achieve", Graham said, "not the process which led to it".

The AU representative said they were alarmed by Trump's "very racist" comments.

Actor Sean Penn has decried President Donald Trump's alleged attacks on Haiti.

Durbin also recounted a "heartbreaking moment" when Trump and others "scoffed" at his comments about the importance of family-based immigration.

"As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president's remarks", USA television programme The Daily Show wrote on Twitter, referring to its South Africa-born host Trevor Noah.

While Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said "Democrats and Republicans in the Senate made a proposal". "I think President Trump is racially ignorant and racially uninformed". "He said those hate-filled words". "He said, 'Oh, that's a good line'". To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words.

"This was not the language used", Trump said in a tweet.

Trump ignored shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Others said they thought Trump had a point, in a way. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"

In the wake of Trump's comments, attention has shifted away from the contents of a proposed DACA deal to a statement many view as racist.

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