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Berks-area lawmakers respond to Trump's immigration comments

13 January 2018

During a Thursday meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Trump criticized protections the USA has given to immigrants from various underdeveloped countries.

Trump reportedly grew frustrated with immigration talks Thursday, using a crude description to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, has said Graham objected to the president's phrasing during that meeting.

On Friday (local time) the president tweeted that his language was "tough" but insisted he did not say anything derogatory about Haitians aside from noting it is a poor country.

Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who attended the meeting, said in a statement that they "do not recall the president saying these comments specifically".

Trump's remarks were remarkable even by the standards of a president who has been accused of racism by his foes and who has routinely smashed through public decorum that his modern predecessors have generally embraced.

Durbin added, "When the question was asked about Haitians. he said, 'Haitians?" Trump said, according to reports from multiple news outlets. "Do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin said.

She said the ANC was not in a position to stop any president from any country from saying anything they wished. There is no transcript or recording of that meeting.

The president who as candidate promised to build a wall with Mexico and branded Mexicans as 'rapists, ' has introduced several travel bans on immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries, orders that have been checked by the courts so far. It is a lovely story of America, and that is a great story and that is the story we have today and that is a story we had yesterday and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place. Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey tweeted,"There is no place in our nation for attacks on large groups of people based on their race, religion or country of origin, especially from the President of the United States".

Kehrnde Isa who has a masters degree and is of Nigerian origin says those who agree with President Trump's remarks are mistaken.

Despite Trump's Twitter responses, his "sh*thole" comments continue to spread and draw fury from across the world. That's where he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from "sh*tholes" - the exact word used by the president not just once, but repeatedly. Lindsey Graham challenged those comments, which Durbin called an act of courage.

So far, the State Department said, the U.S. charge d'affaires in Haiti and ambassador in Botswana have been called in by their hosts after Trump reportedly dubbed these countries "shitholes". "They're so abusive. I've traveled in these countries and it's horrendous what these people live in".