Dick Durbin: 'Chain Migration' Is A Racist Term

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Earlier in the day, the Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the U.S. president's reported remarks that immigrants were coming from "shithole countries" were racist.

What is more, Trump said that he would prefer people from countries like Norway to come to America instead.

Trump's remarks came after he reportedly called African and other nations "shithole" countries, triggering outrage from the UN and the African Union. I think back of presidents throughout history, and I can not imagine a moment where a president sunk to that depth.

One reporter just straight up went there and asked, "Mr. President, are you a racist?"

His remarks have met with widespread global condemnation, with the United Nations also blasting what Trump now denies saying.

Durbin said the president's denial is a lie.

Asked what Trump said Thursday during the Oval Office meeting on immigration reform that Durbin attended, the senator described the president's language. He made the remark during a meeting in which he rejected a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era initiative aimed at protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children. "I want a merit-based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level".

Trump hastily issued a tweet Friday morning denying he made the "shithole" remark. He said the story was "made up by Dems" and added there was "unfortunately, no trust!"

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White House aides intended for President Donald Trump's Thursday interview with the Wall Street Journal to be a boon for the administration.

Trump appeared to deny using the term later in tweet.

Mr Durbin said: 'In the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.

Trump's remarks were almost universally condemned as racist and demeaning, sparking an immediate backlash from worldwide leaders and U.S. lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans. "It is not true", Durbin said, according to The Hill.

"It's very frustrating", a senior White House aide told Politico.

By 7:45 a.m., the president took to his favorite platform, Twitter, to address his reported comment.

"I think at this point, I mean, the evidence is incontrovertible - it's right there", Steele said.

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