Donald Trump expresses his dislike of current immigration practices and questioned why those from ‘Shithole countries’ were coming to the US.
During a meeting at the Oval Office in the White Hosue with Senators, Trump asked,
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Another source at the meeting also shared that Trump also said
“Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
Raj Shah, White House spokesman did not deny that Trump made the comment, in a statement Shah said:
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” and
“Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump 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.”
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, confirmed the remarks, saying:
“Trump said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.”
“He said, ‘Haitians. Do we need more Haitians?’ Then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure. That’s when he used these vile and vulgar comments, calling the nations they come from ‘shitholes.’ The exact word used by the President. Not just once but repeatedly. That was the nature of this conversation.”
“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.”
“Do not recall the President saying these comments specifically.”
United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said:
“These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States.”
“There is no other word one can use but racist.”
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
“The future of the Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible. These are human beings, not commodities.”
On January 12, 2018, Trump tweeted:
Later on January 12, 2018, Trump tweeted:
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”
Temporary Protection Status (TPS)
In recent months, Trump has terminated TPS for a number of countries.
Over 300,000 people from 10 countries facing war or natural disaster have been granted TPS in the US, since 1990.
Current countries which have TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
It has been confirmed that the following countries are losing their TPS:
The TPS had been in place since 2001 following an earthquakes. 944 people were killed, 5,565 injured, 108,291 houses destoyed and over 319,000 houses and buidings were damaged. The earthquake caused a large number of land slides, circa 16,000.
January 8, 2018 – Termination of TPS for 200,000 Salvadorans. The designation terminates on September 9, 2019.
Approximately 1 million Salvadorans live in the US, of which the largest group, around 700,000 were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump has also removed the DACA protection recently.
The TPS has been in place since the 2010 earthquake. Between 100,000 and 160,000 were killed, 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings were destroyed or severley damaged.
November 20, 2017 – Termination of TPS for 46,000 Haitians. The designation terminates on July 22, 2019
The TPS has been in place since the 1999 hurricane. 3,800 were killed mainly from landslides caused by flooding from the hurricane. Two million people were directly affected by the hurricane.
The designation terminates on January 5, 2019.
The TPS has been in place since the 1997 war
The designation terminates on November 2, 2018.