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Trump uses slur against people from Haiti, African countries

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has expressed frustration over efforts of some US lawmakers to protect immigrants from and African countries, asking why should accept citizens from "shithole" countries, triggering protests.

Trump senators and congressmen and pushed for immigrants from certain Asian countries who help economically.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump was quoted by multiple media reports.

The was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the US should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose with Trump on Wednesday.

His comments, which has been slammed by Democratic lawmakers, was first reported by The Post.

Trump, according to a official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the US economically, The report said.

Notably, Trump has been calling for merit-based immigration, of which people from countries like could be a major beneficiary.

Trump said this during a bipartisan meeting of lawmakers in his Oval Office.

"Certain politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but Trump will always fight for the American people," said Raj Shah, the Principal Deputy without directly referring to Trump's comments.

Trump has been seeking to end temporary protection status of people from certain countries.

Several Democratic lawmakers slammed Trump for his comments and described them as racist comment.

"President Trump's comments are racist and a disgrace. They do not reflect our nations values. Immigrants from throughout the world of all races, nationalities, and religions have built this country and are contributing today to its improvement,"

"These comments clearly reflect the President's true feelings on immigrants and make it extremely doubtful that he will work in an honest, decent way that reflects best values on legislation to protect DREAMers," Hoyer said.

"As an American, I am ashamed of the president. His comments are disappointing, unbelievable, but not surprising. We always knew that doesnt like people from certain countries or people or certain colors," alleged Democratic Congressman


"Language like that shouldn't be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn't be heard in the White House," said Congresswoman

In a statement, Shah said the President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration two programs that hurt American economy and allow terrorists into the country.

"Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation," Shah said.

"He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the through a legal pathway," Shah said in response to a question.

Earlier in the day, in an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that he will not accept any immigration deal that does not hasa provision to build a wall along the border.

"We have to have a wall. We don't have a wall, we are not doing the deal," he reiterated.

Trump, who has had a series of meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform over the past several days, said he has a good chance to make a deal.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:41 IST
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