Is it finally time to call Trump racist?

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

In November, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protection granted to almost 60,000 Haitians after the 2010 natural disaster and told them to return home by July 2019.

In a series of Friday morning tweets, Trump said he used tough language during Thursday's meeting, but he denied using vulgarities.

Trump blasted the proposal as "a big step backwards" and said it didn't provide enough funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, a key campaign promise Trump made in 2016. The White House denied Trump ever uttered those words.

During that same meeting, a member relayed to Trump that potential welfare cuts would harm her constituents, "not all of whom are black".

Rivers said Trump took the torch out of the hand of the Statue of Liberty with his remarks. I could write about the beauty of the island, the music and vibrant art, the majesty of the mountains, the crystalline blue of the water surrounding her, the resilience of the Haitian people, our incredible work ethic, our faith. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was in the room with the president, told reporters that the comments were accurate. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in 2017 that would cut or eliminate some long-standing parts of the US immigration system, but none of the bills passed. What Trump did do, they said, was "call out the imbalance in our current immigration system, which does not protect American workers and our national interest".

"I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency", Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a tweet.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump's remarks.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky added: "Just when you thought Donald Trump could not get any more racist, he digs down to an even deeper low".

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That was the nature of this conversation. DACA protects from deportation the almost 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

In 2015, there were 676,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States, up from 587,000 in 2010, accounting for less than 2 percent of the US foreign-born population, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

Trump's derogatory remarks cited by the Washington Post and New York Times were in reference to African countries and Haiti.

Trump's denial came among a series of other tweets in which he defended his immigration stance. "Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and United States of America would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime....", Trump tweeted. He ignores the triumphs of immigrants who came from these countries. He said he wants to call the bill to the floor of the Senate early next week.

He stressed the United States was "much stronger than the sum total of one man". "I feel like that's what makes us great".

The statement echoes one reportedly made a year ago about Haitians having AIDS and Nigerians over-occupying America, never returning to their "huts".

Democrats have made clear they would not consider some of the suggestions and the demands risk exacerbating already tense talks as both sides are entrenched in negotiating position.

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