Trump's disparaging remarks were swiftly criticized online and on cable news networks.
"Mr Trump may say what he pleases, but I am proud of being Haitian". The president made the remarks on Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers and suggested immigrants from Norway would be preferable.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, a key negotiator in DACA talks, recounted the meeting on MSNBC Friday. So we're inviting him back to come and discover some of those the communities where Haitians live. "They reinforce abhorrent racist attitudes, and evidence of the lack of knowledge, understanding, and empathy we expect of the person who occupies the highest office in the land". He added that Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society".
Catholic leaders, including prominent archbishops and a group of sisters, are condemning President Trump's derogatory description of African countries and calling on the USA government to take steps to protect migrants. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, gee, I want this or that.' I'll be signing it".
According to Durbin, he and Graham believed they would be the only lawmakers in the room with the president, and they were surprised to find that in the two hours since Durbin's first phone call with the White House, Mr. Trump had invited five other members of Congress as well.
Haitians on the island and across the United States, where more than 600,000 Haitians live, offered prayers at ceremonies for those who were killed by the 7.0 magnitude quake that struck on January 12, 2010. "Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin", Hatch said in a tweet from his office. "I've always believed that America is an idea, not definied by its people but by its ideals". 'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' he said.
Trump's comments came as Durbin was presenting details of the compromise plan that included providing $1.6 billion for a first installment of the president's long-sought border wall.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. We must help the children involved and ensure that the security of our fellow citizens is achieved. The Dems will threaten 'shutdown, ' but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most.
The tweet from president Trump this morning.
"Vulgarity and disrespect have no place in public comments".
Trump took particular issue with the characterization of his comments on Haiti. "These types of comments are disappointing and distracting from important work that needs to be done".
This story will be updated.
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