A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they had reached an agreement to protect young undocumented immigrants, but President Donald Trump roiled the debate by questioning why the U.S. would admit people from "shithole countries."
Mr. Trump made the comments at a private White House immigration meeting in questioning why the U.S. would want to admit people from Africa, the source of many diversity lottery applicants, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Washington Post first reported on Trump's comments.
"What do we want all these people from these shithole countries here. We should have people from places like Norway," the president said, according to these two people. Mr. Trump also expressed dismay with granting a legal status, in particular, to people from Haiti. One person said he asked, "What do we want Haitians here for?" Trump is also reported as ahving said the US should be seeking citizens from Norway, the oil-rich Scandinavian country.
A White House spokesman didn't confirm or deny those comments. Trump himself did his usual half-assed backpedalling, denying that he used the "S" word but saying he used "tough language" in his negotiations on the so-called "Dreamers" legislation, having already suspended continued protections for hundreds of Salvadorans i n the US earlier in the week - a move blocked by a Federal Judge.
We echo the reaction of former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who said "Trump's mouth is the foulest shithole in the world". Elsewhere, David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary, said the "Trump Administration (is) leading a race to the bottom on refugees and immigrants that is a betrayal of America's future as well as of its history."