Pierre Labossiere was aghast when, during immigration discussions in the Oval Office Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned why the US should admit immigrants from Haiti and Africa, calling them "shithole countries".
She said that while the president and critics may argue over what was said in the DACA meeting, many in the immigrant community will remember the initial vulgar quote that was reported. ". 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". On Friday, the Academy Award victor published an op-ed in Time, calling Trump's alleged comments about bringing in immigrants from "sh*thole" countries "disgraceful". The United Nations human rights body said the comments, if confirmed, were "racist".
"He was very kind to the Haitians, he was very eloquent to them, and he was the first president to (have) ever visited Haitians, and he said he was going to be the champion of Haitians", Haitian-American Georges Sami Saati said.More news: President Trump's first medical exam while in office set for Friday
He described his language as tough but not derogatory.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump said.
Haiti and Botswana summoned U.S. ambassadors to explain the comments reportedly made at a White House meeting as part of an attempt by Republicans and Democrats to protect from deportation 700,000 children brought to the United States illegally as children.More news: Trump uses expletive in immigration remarks
Mr Trump's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by USA lawmakers from both major parties.
"The words used by the president, as related to me directly following the meeting by those in attendance, were not 'tough, ' " he said, taking issue with the president's tweet.
Like Trump, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is a member of the Republican Party. Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings said, "I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the presidency". The President wants funding for his election promise of building a wall on the U.S.'s southern border as part of any legislation on immigration reform.More news: Institutional Investors Hate on Seagate Technology PLC Falls