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Haitian Church Holds Prayer Vigil In Aftermath Of Trump's Alleged Immigration Comments

19 January 2018

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further US acceptance of Haitian immigrants.

"I think the President is encouraging us to go as quickly as we can", answered Secretary Nielsen, who said Mr. Trump also wanted to close a variety of loopholes in immigration law, to dissuade people to come to the USA illegally.

Trump has been accused of describing African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with USA senators last week.

It's at this meeting last Thursday where Trump is said to have used a vulgarity to describe African countries. Trump was curt and dismissive, saying he was not making immigration policy to cater to the CBC and did not particularly care about that bloc's demands, according to people briefed on the meeting.

The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, with some critics accusing Trump of racism, even as bipartisan talks continued in the U.S. Congress to seek a bipartisan compromise to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Sources revealed, during the meeting, Trump referred to places like Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "s***hole countries".

Trump has denied using that word.

"The African Union Mission wishes to express its infuriation, disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, which remarks dishonor the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity", the African Union mission to the United States said in a blistering statement.

Trump and fellow Republicans have disputed public accounts of the discussion. He is also a design engineer in the defense industry and a Haitian immigrant who says the portrayal of his country is offensive. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said on CBS, "I didn't hear it, and I was sitting no further from President Trump than Dick Durbin was". The State Department is expecting more diplomats to be called in this week, Goldstein said.

Other Republicans on Tuesday echoed Graham's call for compromise on the almost 700,000 Dreamers, who were spared the threat of deportation under the Obama Administration, but saw that rescinded in September by President Trump.

Back in 2013, Durbin posted on his Facebook page that during a meeting with Obama during a government shutdown, a "GOP House Leader told the president: I can't even stand to look at you". He was said to have used "shithole" to describe some nations in Africa.

Republicans' slim 51-49 Senate majority means they need at least nine Democratic votes to pass a spending bill. Moreover, I don't see any goal in conducting in-person meetings with the president behind closed doors when he and Republican supplicants will lie about what goes on. "They twist it. Whatever is said, it comes [out a] totally different way". "I never thought I'd say that, but I do like him a lot".

"He not that bad. he's a really nice guy", she said. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who said on "Meet The Press" that Trump "doesn't seem to appreciate the contributions that immigrants have given to this country".