As a moment of silence was held in Haiti on Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating quake that killed more than 220,000 people, shock waves over President Donald Trump's disparaging description of the island nation cast a pall over the somber ceremony.
The statement from the African Union also followed a slew of global condemnations.
Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants. Jeffress says Trump has courage and deserved gratitude for his leadership. ". Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".
During the conversation Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the chamber's No. 2 ranking Democratic leader explained how the changes would negatively impact Africa. "We ask him to clarify why citizens of one country are "more desirable" than those of another and why the USA does 'not need more Haitians".
No US sanctions on Iran nuclear deal for now
Trump also indicated that he would support the Iranian people in their efforts to demand change through widespread protests. Trump signed a waiver keeping the USA sanctions that would scuttle the deal suspended for another 120 days.
We shouldn't be evaluating immigrants on the basis of what they can do for us.
The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to people familiar with their reactions. "Never said 'take them out'".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". Senator Dick Durbin said Friday he witnessed what happened at a meeting with the president regarding a bipartisan compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and confirmed the president used that language repeatedly.
Pugh called upon all elected leaders, regardless of party, to condemn the president's comments.
He went on to criticize the immigration deal that was being discussed when he made his disparaging remarks, saying: "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!"