"There is no other word one can use but 'racist, '" United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a Geneva news briefing.
United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that Trump's comments were "shocking and shameful".
Trump had questioned why the United States would want to accept immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries". "There are millions of unemployed people in the USA, millions of people who don't have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that", said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).
Trump took particular issue with the idea, explained by Durbin of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, that as part of the deal people who fled to the US after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti, would be allowed to stay.
The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting. It was just too much, she said of the comments that came the day before the eighth anniversary of Haiti's catastrophic quake.
After the meeting with the group of Senators and Congressmen, a White House statement attacked "certain Washington politicians", saying they "choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people".
In a statement Friday, the Haitian Action Committee condemned the "racist policies of the Trump administration".
President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listens during a bipartisan meeting with legislators on immigration reform at the White House on January 9, 2018. "Haitians should not be seen as a bunch of immigrants who come to the United States to exploit USA resources". African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally.
At this moment, our lawmakers are negotiating for a solution for DREAMers.
Around 10:15 a.m., Trump returned Durbin's call and was told about the main elements of the deal.
President's Comments on Immigration Called Racist
Many conservatives would balk at providing "amnesty" to parents who brought their families across the border illegally. Democrats are playing a chess game with the GOP over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation.
Despite Trump's tweets denying these comments, NBC reports IL senator Dick Durbin has confirmed Trump's remarks, and the media's reporting was "accurate".
El Salvador, also facing an end to protected status for its 200,000 citizens living in the United States, sent a formal letter of protest to the US government over the comments.
Billy Shreve, a county councilmember in Maryland, chalked the comments up to Trump's past as a real estate developer and his years at a military boarding school as a teenager.
"It was so disturbing this morning to hear President Trump's comments reported all over the news calling my poor native land and African countries "shithole" nations", Jean said in a statement to The Canadian Press.
Sources say the US President questioned why America should permit more immigrants from "shithole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti.
Fasano said Trump's comments are "beyond inappropriate and offensive" and do not reflect the values of the Republican party. "Probably should record future meetings".
Democrats seized on Trump's slur to suggest he is anti-immigrant or worse. "Do we need more Haitians?" President, are you a racist?' she asked in a second attempt.
Some Republicans were also up in arms over the remarks.
Instead, the United States should seek immigration from Norway, he reportedly said.