In a meeting with lawmakers yesterday on a possible immigration deal that would provide protection for DACA recipients while also increasing border security, President Donald Trump made statements highlighting his disdain for immigrants from certain countries. The President singled out Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations, questioning why the United States should take in immigrants from, as the President called them, ‘shithole countries.’
Mr. Trump suggested the United States look to take in more immigrants from nations such as Norway, a nation of predominantly white people, as well as Asian countries, where the President believes the immigrants would be best able to help the U.S. economically.
While talks have gone on to put into law protections for DACA ‘Dreamers,’ the President has been revoking the Temporary Protective Status, or TPS, hundreds of thousands of people. Of the over 300,000 people currently being granted TPS for facing natural disaster or war in their home countries, Trump has revoked the protections for Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and on this past Monday, El Salvador. These four countries count for nearly 250,000 of the 300,000.
VERDICT: President Trump has consistently demonstrated racial preferences for an updated immigration policy, he has not made such openly racist remarks since he announced his candidacy for president, when he stated that some Mexican immigrants “are good and some are rapists and some are killers.”
Though it seemed a deal had been reached between the six Senators who wished to have the meeting with President Trump, the deal was quickly shot down as not tough enough on security. Going forward, it is unclear whether a deal on an immigration law will be reached, but lawmakers from both sides are confident a deal will eventually be made.