In a meeting in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump questioned why the USA should permit more immigrants from "sh*thole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, three people briefed on the conversation told the Associated Press.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's comment "smacks of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".
People in that meeting say the president used an expletive to describe Haiti and nations in Africa. "The president of the United States is exhausted of so many black people coming into this country. There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms", the ESA said in their statement Thursday night. "The president must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned". "The question he asked was very rhetorical - why are we taking people from countries that produce high incidences of illness, and in some cases, violence", said San Francisco Hispanic Republicans Chairman Leo Lacayo.
United Nations says Trump slur on 'shithole' countries is 'shocking' and 'racist'
The United Nations human rights office condemned the USA president's comments, which prompted condemnation from around the world. Mr Durbin said: 'In the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.
He reportedly said, 'they [Haitians] all have AIDS.' And said Nigerians 'live in huts.' The White House denied he said those things at the time; three weeks ago.
"He will always reject temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway", Shah said in response to a question.
This is the guy who wants to build a wall to keep Latinos out of America; who imposes a travel ban on many Muslim countries, unless of course, his Trump business empire has business interests in those countries.