Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group "shithole countries" at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to United States media.
Durbin has been working toward an immigration agreement with Republican and Democratic senators, and on hours before news of Trump's comments broke Thursday afternoon, the state's senior senator released a joint statement from the group that said a "bipartisan agreement" was at hand.
Durbin said when the issue of Temporary Protective Status for Haitian immigrants in the US was raised, the president responded "Haitians".
After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour". "This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity". Trump denied using the word Friday. "We are not from "s-thole" countries", he said. 'The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used, ' he said. It was best said a long time ago, E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One.
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"He said, 'Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?' And then he went on and started to describe the immigration from Africa that was being protected in this bipartisan measure", Sen.
Durbin noted that Graham confronted the president about his remarks.
"So, that's what he said today in front of the cameras, but remember behind the cameras this is what the president just said yesterday", Lemon said before repeating Trump's previous racist remarks.
DACA protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children from deportation.
"There is no question in my mind he's a racist", Pinkett, who won season four of Trump's reality show, told MSNBC's Joy Reid.
In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.
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