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Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) slammed President Trump late Thursday for referring to African countries as “s**thole” countries.
“President Trump’s comments are yet another confirmation of his racially insensitive and ignorant views,“ Richmond said in a statement. ”It also reinforces the concerns that we hear every day, that the President’s slogan Make America Great Again is really code for Make America White Again."
Richmond continued by claiming the president's intention in ongoing immigration negotiations is to end the flow of migrants from Africa:
All of the reservations we have had about negotiating with him on immigration are well-founded. President Trump is clearly more concerned with ending the future flow of immigrants from Africa and the African diaspora than providing relief to Dreamers who came here through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that we can negotiate in good faith with a person who holds such vile and reprehensible beliefs.
The Congressional Black Caucus chairman also called on all members of Congress to reject an immigration deal that would end the diversity visa program:
Months ago, President Trump committed to sign the Dream Act into law if it included enhanced border security measures. Sadly, the President has injected his racist policies into these negotiations, mainly his unreasonable demands to completely end the Diversity Visa Program. This program greatly benefits immigrants from African countries and provides an opportunity for them to achieve the American Dream. Now that his true motivations are clear, the Congressional Black Caucus calls on all Members of Congress, including those negotiating on the immigration deal, to reject any and all efforts to end the Diversity Visa Program.
The fiery statement from Richmond comes after Trump was reported to have referred to Haiti and African nations as “s**thole countries,” and he expressed a desire for more immigrants from Norway.
While the White House initially put out a statement explaining the remarks, but stopped short of a denial, Trump pushed back Friday morning via Twitter.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted early Friday.
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