So we're naturally saddened by reports that President Donald Trump, during negotiations on immigration reform, asked why the United States should permit more immigrants from "s***hole countries" such as Haiti and the nations of Africa.
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Despite Trump's denial, one of the sponsors of the DACA deal who was present at the meeting, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), insisted the U.S. president indeed referred to the countries in question as "s***holes" multiple times during the gathering.
Jean, a refugee from Haiti who came to Canada in 1968 and was raised in Thetford Mines, Que., also noted that Friday was the eighth anniversary of a devastating natural disaster that struck her native country.
Among his objections, Mr Trump said the U.S. "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly".
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In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the US foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. "Do we need more Haitians?'" Durbin recounted, NBC News reported. He added that he never said anything derogatory about Haitians. "There is no other word you can use but "racist". He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly", Durbin added. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.
Likewise, the Vatican described Trump's comments as "particularly harsh and offensive". He tweeted, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used". "Google Abuja and find what the description of what the president says". The largest group is El Salvador and the second is Honduran and the third is Haitian, and when I mentioned that fact to him, he said, 'Haitians?
JB Pritzker, a Democrat running for IL governor, released the following statement Friday: "I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is a racist and a xenophobe who has never had the dignity to be in the White House", said JB Pritzker.
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