US President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries. It was a reaction to a plan to cut the number of people entering the country through the visa lottery program. The meeting was in the White House to discuss about a proposal to reduce the number by half.
Donald Trump was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested that US should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump recently.
While under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation, the people of these countries living in the United States cannot be removed from the US and can work and travel in the country. However, it doesn’t lead to lawful permanent resident status and people under TPS can be removed if the designation is lifted.
The White House didn’t deny the account of Trump’s use of language, but instead suggested the president was “fighting for permanent solutions” that strengthen the nation, in part through the use of a merit-based immigration system.
US Democratic and Republican lawmakers criticized those comments as “divisive” and “unacceptable”, while Haiti summoned the top American diplomat there to discuss Trump’s remarks. There were also fierce reaction from people on the African continent to Trump’s remarks.
Last year, Trump scrapped the Obama-era ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) program that protected the immigrants, and set a deadline of March 5 for Congress to legislate a fix.
US Democratic and Republican lawmakers criticized those comments as “divisive” and “unacceptable”, while Haiti summoned the top American diplomat there to discuss Trump’s remarks.
There were also fierce reaction from people on the African continent to Trump’s remarks.
Donald Trump defended himself saying “I am not a racist”, after several days of controversy over his remarks about African countries. President Trump even denied of making the derogatory remarks.