President Donald Trump sparked outrage Thursday after reportedly referring to Africa and Haiti as “shithole countries” during a bipartisan meeting focused on immigration reform.
Here’s an excerpt from a report by The Los Angeles Times:
“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?”
Florida state Sen. Daphne Campbell, a Haitian-born Democrat who lives in Miami-Dade County, quickly jumped on news reports of what the president said, calling on Gov. Rick Scott to denounce his pal Trump’s “racist comments.”
“The President’s ongoing war against immigrants appears to be solely directed toward those immigrants of color,” Campbell said in a press release. “I am appalled and disgusted that the man who stands as the symbol of a nation once offering refuge and sanctuary to all immigrants is doing his best to say: ‘non-whites need not apply.’ Governor Scott needs to denounce these remarks immediately on behalf of the people of Florida.”
Here’s more from Campbell’s press release:
Senator Campbell, who has been an outspoken critic of the uncertainty exhibited by the Trump Administration over whether and how long to extend any temporary status thus far granted to these refugees, said that the governor, despite his longstanding support of the President and his policies, cannot stand by in silence.
“Immigrants are the backbone of this nation, and this state,” she said. “Over the centuries, they have fled famine, political unrest, and tyrants, risking their lives to begin anew in this country. Governor Scott owes every immigrant, and every refugee in this state an obligation to condemn President Trump’s loathsome remarks.”
Florida is home to more Haitians than any other state, and Trump’s decision to end temporary protective status for Haitians could affect nearly 60,000 Haitians now residing in the Sunshine State.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.