North Texas Immigrants React to Reports of Trump's Profane Remarks

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti "all have AIDS", that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists. "This is the real face of Donald Trump - the face of hate, racism".

The newspaper did not print the word "s***hole", which Trump reportedly used repeatedly on Thursday at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, according to US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the gathering.

Trump reportedly asked, "Why are we having all these people from s--hole countries come here".

The reports prompted outrage and accusations of racism from people in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Many Democrats and some Republican politicians criticised the president for his remarks.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". Ben Cardin said Trump's "comments do not represent America's values".

"It leaves me angry".

"I felt disgust", said Labossiere, a Haitian immigrant and co-founder of the Bay Area's Haiti Action Committee.

Trump later tweeted Friday morning that he never said anything derogatory. "I understand how powerful they are".

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Two days after President Donald Trump described African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as "shithole countries" with undesirable emigrants for the United States, the president of Ghana called the language "extremely unfortunate" and said his nation was not a "shithole country".

He and Graham explained that their proposal would alter the diversity visa lottery to give legal protections to some immigrants here with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

It said the current USA embassy in Grosvenor Square, central London, had "aged beyond its ability to be improved to current security and life safety standards without extensive investment in infrastructure that would require appropriated dollars".

Maina wants more understanding from President Trump, who is the grandson of an immigrant. She said "This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation".

Our president is a racist. Isn't Trump demonstrating that he's nothing but a racist and pursuing a policy of "Make America White Again"? "Haiti is a proud nation".

Q. "If [President Trump] did in fact say what's being alleged, how would that stack up against... incendiary comments that other presidents have made?" The president said he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians and suggested future meetings probably should be recorded.

Santcha Etienne, 37, was incredulous. "I went to the Cairo school today and met with the sixth graders...they actually asked the question of the principal, 'is this school going to be here next year?'...if 180 families pick up and leave...what happens to the school district?" He said the most important thing that the POTUS has done was that he never smoke in his lifetime, reports The Guardian.

"It's pretty clear it was a racist comment regarding people of color", she said.

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