Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

What's Next for Immigration Reform After Trump Profanity?

What's Next for Immigration Reform After Trump Profanity?

Trump ended the program and finding a legislative solution is a key issue in negotiations between the White House and congressional Democrats on immigration policy.

Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein called the comments "beneath the dignity of the presidency" and said Mr Trump's desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway was "an effort to set this country back generations by promoting "a homogeneous, white society".

The South Carolina Republican, who was on hand Thursday for the president's remarks, released a statement Friday afternoon explaining that he "said my piece directly to (Trump)".

Trump also denied saying "anything derogatory" about Haitians.

Trump reportedly used the word "s**thole" to describe Haiti and El Salvador, as also African countries, while discussing immigration issues with USA lawmakers on Thursday.

"All my friends who work out all the time, they're going for knee replacements, hip replacements - they're a disaster, " he The New York Times Magazine in 2015.

CNN's Anderson Cooper said Mr Trump's comment was, "Not racial".

Trump did not respond to shouted questions about his comments as he signed a proclamation Friday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter to slam the Democrats over the controversy: "The Democrats are all talk and no action". "The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", he said. He then said the USA should welcome more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister, Erna Solberg, visited the Oval Office on Wednesday.

"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and U.S. would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime. countries which are doing badly", he wrote.

US President Donald Trump sought yesterday to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from "sh**hole countries" - a slur slammed at home and overseas as racist.

The government of Botswana summoned the USA ambassador of its country to express its displeasure at the comments and asked the ambassador to clarify if Botswana "is regarded as a "shithole" country" in lieu of the alleged comments from President Trump.

Without directly referring to Trump's statement, it tweeted that "US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa".

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for stalled immigration negotiations amid backlash over vulgar comments he made in the Oval Office while meeting with lawmakers this week. "Ours is not a shithole country".

The acclaimed novelist said that Haiti is a country of great art and culture.

"We have sent a formal letter of protest to the United States government, also highlighting the value of Salvadorans and recalling that there were compatriots who worked on the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the unfortunate terrorist attacks of 2001", El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said on Friday.

The tweet came hours after a bombshell report about Trump's comments, which the White House did not immediately deny. He also claimed there were "very fine people on both sides" after violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one counter-protester dead.

In an oddly-timed coincidence, the U.S. president yesterday signed a declaration honoring killed civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, three days before the federal holiday celebrated in his honor.

While he is fundamentally Americas problem, he becomes our problem, too, unless we join the rest of the world in setting and reinforcing the boundaries of respect and decency by which countries deal with each other.

He was referring to January 19, when funds for operating federal agencies expires.

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