Trump Doesn’t Want Immigrants From ‘Shithole’ Countries

In the event that you had any lingering doubts that President Donald Trump is a racist, it’s time to throw away that uncertainty. At a meeting discussing immigration with U.S. Senators, Trump referred to developing nations with brown-skinned citizens as “shithole countries,” according to multiple sources.

Forgive my language, as it is a direct quote, but please don’t forgive the president. Apparently, he was so frustrated with the U.S.’s lottery system that he demanded to know why other Americans would want people coming over from “shithole countries,” like Haiti, El Salvador and various African nations.

Certainly there’s a frightening lack of diplomacy in that comment. Given other sentiments he’s expressed in the past, it’d be hard not to read into the underlying bigotry, as well. Then Trump went and made the job of seeing his racism even easier: he asked senators why we couldn’t have more immigrants from places like Norway.

Ah, so it’s not that Trump is opposed to all immigration, just immigration from people who aren’t white. We hear you loud and clear, Mr. President.

Just before Christmas, a New York Times report emerged alleging that Trump had said people from Haiti “all have AIDS,” that Nigerians all live in huts and that Afghanistan is full of terrorists. Though the White House flatly denied the report, given Trump’s other colorful language to describe non-white foreigners, it certainly seems credible.

As for the shithole comment, the White House didn’t even bother to try to deny it this time around. Instead, the deputy press secretary issued a statement arguing, “Trump will always fight for the American people.” The statement also noted that the president wanted immigrants who “contribute” and can “assimilate.”

Beyond the glaring racism, Trump’s off-the-cuff remark revealed another aspect of his mentality: he wants successful immigrants only. His merit-based immigration plan is a slap in the face to a long history of the United States welcoming in people looking to increase their stature in life.

We shouldn’t be evaluating immigrants on the basis of what they can do for us. That may be how Trump looks at his own relationships, but the United States will never become great simply by stockpiling other nations’ best people. It’ll become great when the country welcomes people seeking economic stability and a chance at the American dream, and families fleeing violence seeking a new, safe home simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Besides, at this point, you probably couldn’t find anyone who would want to emigrate from Norway. Not only does it rank as the happiest country on the planet, but also three out of every four Norwegians consider Trump a threat to the world. Why, exactly, would any of them want to come to the United States, particularly right now?

Never forget that Trump ran a racist campaign and then went soft on white nationalists following violence in Charlottesville. His policies are tainted by the racist and classist biases he holds. He’s just showing more of his true colors by dismissing economically less advantaged countries.

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130 comments

Karen H
Karen H10 hours ago

I love this tweet by George Takei:
“I am not a racist.” - D. Trump
“I am not a crook.” - R. Nixon
“I am not amused.” - G. Takei

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Roberta G
Roberta G15 hours ago

Janis Keller, your so-called facts about immigrants receiving public assistance is shamefully wrong. Did you make that 75% number up, or invent it?

A report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that advocates for reducing immigration to the United States, has concluded that 51 percent of households headed by immigrants—legal or undocumented—receive some kind of welfare

Check the following link:https://newrepublic.com/article/122714/immigrants-dont-drain-welfare-they-fund-it

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Paul B
Paul B15 hours ago

Kevin, the BS you just threw out could be an all time high, even for you.
1st.. it is "assumed" he said it, only the known liar Durbin claims its so. Just because it "seems" like he "could have" said it doesn't make it true. Google Lying Durbin and you will get at least 4 prior incidents where he has publicly lied about stuff, including closed door meetings.
2nd... He didn't call the people anything, just the countries run by corrupt dictators.
He actually personally funded trips to Haiti for rescue efforts. He isn't racist.
3rd... Can you explain to me why we have to cater to people from these countries. Why wouldn't we want to bring in people that "benefit" our society.
4th... You continue to misrepresent the Charlottesville comments. The leftist agitators were just as violently motivated as those attending the rally. Proven fact if you look at what actually happened. NOthing wrong with his comments.
Kevin... if really need to look in the mirror to see who is actually spreading divisiveness and hate thru lies and deceptive reporting. It shows with every article you post.

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Bill E
Bill Eagle18 hours ago

Even though Trump thinks people who belong to the American NAZI party and KKK are "Fine people" he will let you know in his words to Quote TrumP: "There aren't anyone less racist than me..."

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Marija M
Marija M20 hours ago

Who is Trump?

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini23 hours ago

Here's what Pope Francis had to say for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees yesterday:
“Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will ”steal“ something they have long laboured to build up,” he said, while “the newly arrived ... are afraid of confrontation, judgement, discrimination, failure.”
“Having doubts and fears is not a sin. The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection.”

Janis Keller
You keep saying that 75% of immigrants depend on public assistance but you refuse to say where that figure comes from. Please provide your source. I would add that immigrants may depend on public assistance for very brief periods while they find their feet. I want to know where are the social programmes to help the home-grown American homeless. They are not the fault of immigrants.

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janis keller
janis keller23 hours ago

The cold hard fact is that 75% of immigrants use some form of public assistance. No, Trump is not racist but immigration isis out of control. our Social Security is almost bankrupt, our national debt is 20 trillion. There ate millions of homeless in our streets. Help them

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Carole R
Carole Ryesterday

Thanks for the post.

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Annabel Bedini

Brian F
Of course it would be preferable to help people in poorer nations at home so they don't need to emigrate. But do you see Western politicians taking this seriously? It's mostly NGOs working on the ground trying to make a difference but if we truly want to stop the flow of immigrants we have got to do better at global investment in improvements in the immigrants' countries of origin. Just talking doesn't solve the problem.
In the meantime, there are those who point out that many Western nations, with their ageing populations and falling birth rates, actually need new blood coming in. It's all a question of how you manage immigration and that's where governments fail.

Sherri S
As Karen H says (thanks Karen!) maybe you'd better not travel to, say Germany, for fear of upsetting the natives by not speaking their language in public! Do think before you write comments like yours below!

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Karen H
Karen Hyesterday

Last night I listened to a well-known author talk about this. He said that we should welcome immigrants who are willing to do what they can to help America. If they can't respect our country and contribute to it in some way' then they don't need to be here. That does make sense, but I wonder how many native-born people it would affect. Sherri S feels English is the official language of the US and everyone should speak it in public. Why? Do you think it's your business to know what they're saying? It could be two women talking about menstruation and using their native language to keep it private. I certainly hope you don't vacation in a foreign country if you don't speak their official language. I envy people who are fluent in more than one language.

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