What's Next for Immigration Reform After Trump Profanity?
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 9:47
US President Donald Trump has denied being a racist in response to reports that he recently used derogatory language about Haiti and African nations. "Too bad!" Trump tweeted as he arrived at his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida. "I am not a racist", he told reporters.
In 2009 Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chose Ghana's capital Accra to set out his foreign policy goals for Africa in a speech in which he said he saw Africa "as a fundamental part of our interconnected world". Trump said previous year that he's killing the program unless Congress sends him legislation by March to keep it.
Thursday's White House huddle was held to discuss a bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country, restrict the green card visa lottery and boost border security.
Word of Trump's comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Meanwhile, dimming prospects for a 2018 spending agreement means lawmakers will have to resort to a temporary funding extension to avert a government shutdown on January 19.
U.S. senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the President had used the term. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems.
"His comments are outrageous and never expected to come out of a leader like him", Minister Mushikiwabo told journalists at the President's office in the capital Kigali.
While cruder and blunter than his past public statements, the president's comments were in keeping with his long-standing position that the United States should shift its immigration policy away from poorer, developing countries, and instead focus on carefully selecting educated immigrants, especially from Europe, who can already speak English and have professional or technical skills needed in the United States.
The Haitian ambassador to the United States condemned the comments and asked for an explanation, the spokesperson for the African Union Commission said the group was "alarmed" at being referred to in "such contemptuous terms", and South Africa's African National Congress hit back at the comments.
"I read those comments later last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful", the Wisconsin Republican said Friday at the WisPolitics Luncheon in Milwaukee.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" he asked, according to Durbin and others at the meeting.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said that Republican colleague Sen.
"Shithole was the exact word used once not twice but repeatedly", Mr Durbin was quoted to have said.
Experts say Trump's comments could seriously undermine relations between the USA and African countries.
Trump also repeated his claim that Democrats are standing in the way of a deal on DACA. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
The turmult comes after a court ruling earlier this week that buoyed the hopes of advocates for the DACA program, which Trump rescinded in September. "We still think we can get there", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.