Why Allow Immigrants From ‘Shithole Countries’ – US President
The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society.''
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
Lawmakers were taken aback by the comments, according to people familiar with their reactions. Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) had proposed cutting the visa lottery program by 50 percent and then prioritizing countries already in the system, a White House official said.
A White House spokesman defended Trump’s position on immigration without directly addressing his remarks. White House officials did not dispute the account.
“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement issued after The Washington Post first reported Trump’s remarks. “. . . 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.”
Trump’s comments Thursday also put further scrutiny on his long-standing tendency to make racially charged remarks.
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said the comments “will shake the confidence that people have” in the ongoing immigration policy talks.
“Democrats and Republicans in the Senate made a proposal. The answer is this racist outburst of the president. How can you take him seriously?” Gutiérrez said. “They [Republicans] don’t believe in immigration — it’s always been about people of color and keeping them out of this country.”
Alix Desulme, a city council member in North Miami, home to thousands of Haitian Americans, said the president’s latest remarks were “disgusting.”
“Oh, my God. Oh, my God Jesus,” Desulme said. “I don’t know how much worse it can get.”
“This is very alarming. We know he’s not presidential, but this is a low,” he said. “It’s disheartening that someone who is the leader of the free world would use such demeaning language to talk about other folks, referring to folks of color.”
Trump’s critics also said racially incendiary language could damage relationships with foreign allies.
However, the developments need not worry India.
Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt they help the United States economically.
Moreover US ambassador to India said , “America will continue to be a country of immigrants”, while adressing H-1B visa concerns.
“There could be some refinements in the visa processes in the United State but that will not change the fundamental fact that the US is a country of immigrants”, US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said on Thursday, allaying apprehensions about the possibility of change in the H-1B visa regime that could affect around 750,000 Indian H-1B visa holders.
Juster added that India has the opportunity of becoming a preferred destination for US companies, over China, and that there is no contradiction between the Trump administration’s America First policy and the Indian government’s Make in India campaign.
Juster made the remarks in his first interaction with the media in India after assuming office.
He sought to allay fears that proposed changes in the US visa policies would be to the major disadvantage of Indian skilled workers: “The US is a country of immigrants and that’s what helped drive our economy and our growth and made us what we are. And that’s not going to change,” said the envoy. He added that Washington was in the midst of a periodic review of visa processes. “Inevitably there are going to be some refinements but that will not change the fundamental fact that the US is a country of immigrants,” he said.
Source: Washington Post and around the web