In a meeting behind closed doors, Donald Trump asked why we are allowing immigrants to "come here" from "shithole countries," according to reports.
This week, the Trump Administration announced they would be ending Temporary Protection Status for El Salvador, affecting more than 200,000 Salvadorans in the U.S., who came here after the devastating 2001 earthquake. El Salvador is the latest country to be added to a growing list of countries who are losing TPS. In a meeting to discuss immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations who have TPS status he asked, "Why do we need more Haitians?" He also suggested bringing immigrants from Norway instead.
Today marks the seven-year anniversary that Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake that ravaged the country and granted 100,000 Haitians humanitarian relief through TPS.
— Embassy of Haiti (@EmbassyOfHaiti) January 11, 2018
The meeting which also discussed negotiations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that was terminated by The Trump Administration in September was shut down by Trump. President Trump took to Twitter to say he used “tough” language during a discussion on immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations but appeared to deny using the term “shithole.”
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor reported that Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor, has formally summoned an American official to explain the president’s comments and said the government “vehemently” condemned them.
I just talked to Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States Paul Altidor who said he and the Haitian government “vehemently condemn” President Trump’s comments which they believe are “based on stereotypes.” “Either the president has been misinformed or he is miseducated.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
No formal apology has been made by the President but his remark aligns with his other divisive comments in regards to immigration.