President Donald Trump has allegedly questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as “shithole countries”.
This is contained in a new Reuters report, weeks after alleged similar comment by Trump triggered outrage.
In December, New York Times reported that Trump, in reaction to the rising number of migrants in the US, said “Nigerians never return to their huts after seeing America and Haitian immigrants to the United States all have AIDS”.
Trump’s latest remarks allegedly made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration bill being touted by a bipartisan group of senators.
The lawmakers were describing how certain immigration programs operate, including one to give safe haven in the United States to people from countries suffering from natural disasters or civil strife.
Reuters quoted one of the sources who was briefed on the conversation said that Trump said, “Why do we want all these people from Africa here?
“They’re shithole countries…We should have more people from Norway.”
The second source familiar with the conversation, said Trump, who has vowed to clamp down on illegal immigration, also questioned the need for Haitians in the United States.
Many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his remarks.
Republican U.S. Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values”.
Love called on Trump to apologise to the American people and to the countries he denigrated.
Another Republican Representative, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and whose south Florida district includes many Haitian immigrants, said: “Language like that shouldn’t be heard in locker rooms and it shouldn’t be heard in the White House.”
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president’s comment “smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy.”
In an apparent response to his critics, Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday night.
Trump tweeted: “The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process.
“It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!”
The programme that was being discussed at the White House is called Temporary Protected Status.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration decided to end the status for immigrants from Haiti and Nicaragua.
It gave the approximately 59,000 Haitian immigrants who had been granted the status until July 2019 to return home or legalise their presence in the U.S.
Nicaraguans were given until January 2019.
On Monday, Trump moved to end the status for immigrants from El Salvador, which could result in 200,000 Salvadorans legally in the United States being deported, beginning in September of 2019.
Nigerian comedian and MC Wale Gates and his gorgeous wife Lanre have welcomed a baby girl!
The fitness enthusiast took to his Instagram page to make the huge announcement and also used the opportunity to share photos from his wife’s maternity shoot and we are loving them!
He shared the photo of his new born and captioned it:
08 – 01 – 2018 8.16pm
Mide became a big sister.
Mum is doing great #strongwoman
Dad is tired after 40hrs of labour & no sleep. 40weeks of stressing, #Godisgood
#Babygirl#thankGod “Get used to holding my hand darling, cos I’m never letting go. I’ll always be there right next to you” – #fatherspromise#dadswords
See photos from the maternity shoot below:
Photo Credit @michaeltubecreations
Paul Okoye a.k.a Rudeboy continues his solo career by kicking off 2018 with the visuals for his previously released single “Nkenji Keke”.
The crisp, clean and very entertaining video was directed by Mr Moe Musa.
Hit Play below!
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