"It was vile, it was hateful, it was racist", Durbin told reporters after attending a breakfast in the city to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
So are those at the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.
A prominent evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump's is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries.
Hugo Martinez, El Salvador's foreign minister, called on the US government to confirm or deny Trump's statements.
Jeffress says Trump has a constitutional responsibility as commander in chief to protect the U.S.
Late previous year, Trump's administration put an end to a temporary residency program given to Haitian immigrants, permitting 60,000 Haitian citizens to live and work in the USA safely after a magnitude-7 natural disaster in 2010.More news: City services, facilities affected by Martin Luther King Jr. Day
"We had a meeting", Graham said from Capitol Hill, "and I will tell you that I'm hopeful". "What happens to the students that remain?" said Durbin.
"The words of a president are very powerful words and unfortunately this president has used his words to demean and belittle, instead of uplifting people". He added: "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly". "When he makes these kind of comments, they aren't borne out by the reality and value of these immigrants".
The resignation of the career diplomat - the first since Mr Trump's appointment as president nearly a year ago - came as the uproar over Mr Trump's alleged description of African and other countries as "shitholes" reverberated across the world.
The President has since denied the comments; however, following Trump's denial, Sen.
James Hunder, the president of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, said he was surprised that Trump made the vulgar remark.
The White House has not denied the language used at the Thursday meeting on immigration.
The Haitian government Friday condemned Trump's comments as a "racist view of the Haitian community".More news: Making the US a pariah
He called immigration "a handsome story of America " and said Africans in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, are "incredible citizens".
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" the president tweeted.
Some Democrats in Congress pounced the night before, including Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago, a leading advocate for immigrants; Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg, who was born in New Delhi, India, and came to the U.S.as an infant; and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston.
Asked about the remarks on Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.
"We want to be recognized as someone that is a part of American production", said Jean Garcon, who is an advisor for the Chamber.
His comments, which has been slammed by Democratic lawmakers, was first reported by The Washington Post.More news: U.S. settles near 3-year highs despite United States inventory rise